(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — It was a true underdog story at the NHL All-Star Game this weekend when an AHL player became an NHL All-Star MVP.
A few weeks ago, the NHL let fans vote for its All-Star Game. Unlikely All-Star candidate John Scott was then thrown into the game when social media made #VoteJohnScott go viral.
Scott, who was a member of the Arizona Coyotes during voting, was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and then to the AHL team the St. John’s IceCaps when he was announced as the winner and the Captain of the Pacific Division.
The 33-year-old quickly became a fan-favorite after rumors surfaced that the NHL tried to push Scott out of the game. On Thursday, Scott wrote a piece for the Player’s Tribune detailing how the NHL pressured him not to play. One NHL official reportedly asked Scott, “Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?”
Scott scored two goals and helped the Pacific Division win 9-6 against the Central Division. In the same game, Scott and Patrick Kane staged a mock fight after Kane scored for the Central Division.
His team ended up winning 1-0 in the Championship game against the Atlantic Division. He walked off the ice with his young kids in his arms after the game.
Later, the underdog was voted the Most Valuable Player at the All-Star Game.
At a news conference on Friday, Scott said he was hoping for a “nice, new contract” if all went well.
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