Some call him a goon. Others see him as an All-Star.
Thanks to a fan-fueled campaign to send noted agitator John Scott to the 2016 NHL All-Star game in Nashville, the former Arizona Coyotes forward was voted team captain of the Pacific Division 3-on-3 squad.
Scott has led all players in All-Star fan voting since the beginning of the process, but not for his scoring prowess. He has one point this season in 11 games with Arizona.
The prospect of his selection caused plenty of controversy, largely due to his status as an enforcer with a limited offensive skill set. However, the buzz created a cult-like following and Scott finished first overall in votes.
Scott will join the NHL’s leading scorer Patrick Kane, Washington Capital’s captain Alexander Ovechkin and 43-year-old future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr as captains of the four 3-on-3 squads.
Jagr also made headlines earlier this month when he took to Twitter to ask fans not to select him to the All-Star game this year, citing his age and the intensity of the 3-on-3 format as his reasoning.
It seems the fan-voting aspect of the NHL All-Star game has taken a drastic turn this year with the defiant selection of Jagr as well as the irreverent tone in selecting Scott. He has played portions of nine NHL seasons, and has only five goals and six assists in his career.
His primary role is fighting as he is an imposing force at 6’8″ and 270 lbs. He has acquired 542 penalty minutes in his NHL career while playing for six teams.
To add to the controversy, Scott has been waived three different times this season by the Coyotes, initially prompting questions of his eligibility for the All-Star game.
For now though, look for one of the Aeros’ largest former players to be in Nashville on Jan. 31, towering over perennial superstars with a “C” on his jersey.