Career journeyman enforcer John Scott was voted the NHL All-Star most valuable player by fans. He was captain of the Pacific Division team that won in the championship round of the event.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – John Scott sat on the shoulders of teammates while fans chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!”
The people spoke up for Scott once again Sunday night, making the career journeyman enforcer an NHL All-Star most valuable player as a write-in candidate — after voting him into the new three-on-three All-Star tournament as captain of the Pacific Division team.
Scott scored twice during the tournament, bringing cheers from fans and smiles from teammates who relished every moment along with the gentle giant and his goofy grin. Scott captained the Pacific to a 1-0 victory over the Atlantic in the championship round.
In the semifinal round, the Atlantic edged the Metropolitan 4-3 and the Pacific outscored the Central 9-6.
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“It’s just another one on the list of stuff that I cannot believe is happening,” Scott said of being voted MVP. “I never in a million years would have believed I was at an All-Star Game, the fans would be behind me like that and score two goals in a game. You can’t put it into words. You can’t write this stuff. It’s unbelievable.”
Scott wasn’t listed among the three MVP candidates for a social-media vote late in the final game.
League officials did not release details, but fans took it upon themselves to select him once again. The 6-foot-8 forward has five goals in 285 NHL games.
Scott said he only got nervous when San Jose defenseman Brent Burns, a friend and former teammate, helped hoist him in the air.
“I’m not a very light guy, almost 275 pounds, soaking wet about 300 pounds,” Scott said.
A fan campaign made Scott captain of the Pacific Division before the Arizona Coyotes traded him Jan. 15 to Montreal, which assigned him to the minor leagues.
The league changed the event’s format after last year’s All-Star Game had 92 shots and a combined 29 goals. These All-Stars combined for 116 shots and 23 goals.
• Commissioner Gary Bettman, 63, has signed a contract through 2022, he confirmed in an interview on NHL Network. He has been on the job since 1993.