It was a fairy tale ending to an already unbelievable saga.
After scoring two goals and leading his Pacific Division squad to All Star tournament victory, everyman enforcer John Scott was named tournament MVP.
— NHL (@NHL) February 1, 2016
Scott’s name wasn’t listed among the candidates for the prize.
So it was fitting that he won as a write-in candidate in a fan vote – mirroring his unlikely road to the game.
When the announcement was made, the crowd erupted – and Scott could barely believe it.
Scott, who has five career goals in 285 games, is better known for his uppercut than his stick handling skills. He wasn’t supposed to be at this game.
But when an online joke to vote him into the All Stars turned into a fan-tsunami, he shot to the top of the list – by NHL rules making him a team captain.
Despite the league’s best effort to keep him from the game, including trading him to Montreal and sending him down to the minors, and even allegedly telling him his kids would be embarrassed to see him play, Scott skated this weekend.
Through the entire bizarre ordeal, Scott kept his composure – down to penning an emotional piece about his journey through the spotlight. And the fans loved him even more for it.
The 28-year-old now skates away with a new Honda SUV and a million dollars to split with his Pacific Division teammates.
And an official congratulations from his home country.
— Canada (@Canada) February 1, 2016