(Source: SBnation.com) – Voting for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game is underway, and fans can currently vote for the captain of each division team. Holding down the top ranking is John Scott, noted enforcer and bad hockey player for the Arizona Coyotes. Thanks to the Twitter hashtag #VoteJohnScott, which emerged soon after voting opened on Tuesday, other NHL stars can prepare for sucker punches and ugly hits during the All-Star Game. Scott has played in six games this season. He has one point and 18 penalty minutes.
This is unreal. Fan voting (which I’ve always disliked) has created a movement where old-time enforcer John Scott is now in the lead for the captaincy of his divisions All-Star team. What a world we live in.
Most Bruins fan will remember John Scott as a member of the Buffalo Sabres when he gave newly acquired Loui Eriksson a cheap shot to the head. Eriksson suffered a concussion from the cheap shot, which impaired his entire first season with the black n’ gold. Even Shawn Thornton, then the Bruins enforcer, stepped up to fight Scott and was concussed by him as well. Scott received a 7-game suspension for the hit on Eriksson.
Fighting is the only thing the massive 6’8″, 270 pound tough guy can do. His skating is poor, he has no hands, and in 280 career NHL games he has a whopping 5 goals.
I’ll admit, I love that this plug is leading the NHL All-Star vote. I’ve always found fan voting for anything to be a bit cheesey. I wish the players, and players only, could select the All-Star game attendees. But if the league wants fans to vote then this is what they should get. I’d love to see John Scott try to play 3-on-3 with the best players in the world. Heck, throw him in the fastest skater competition and let him drown. It’d make for great entertainment. And if you got to watch Scott at all on the Epix television series “Road to the Stadium Series” last year that followed his then San Jose Sharks behind the scenes you’d probably really like the guy. He’s funny and great on camera.
So keep it going fans. #VoteJohnScott the hell out of your tweets. Once we accomplish this let’s work on getting an offensive defenseman of the year award created so we can start giving the Norris Trophy to the actual best “defense” man.