Former Wild enforcer John Scott, the subject of an Internet campaign meant as a joke, says he'll participate in the NHL All-Star Game as captain of the Pacific Division.
"It's one of those things where I don't want to be made a joke of, I don't want to be an embarrassment, I don't want to embarrass the game in that way," Scott told Fox Sports Arizona. "I talked to some people, I talked to a lot of former players and everyone just said, 'Go have fun with it and it'll be a good experience.' "
Scott is one of the funniest players in the NHL, and the All-Star Game is meant to be fun.
The format of the All-Star Game — six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies in a 3-on-3 tournament — may be more of a joke than Scott making the team. Each division either has seven or eight teams and every team must be represented. That meant tons of snubs.
If you did the math, the Wild's Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise had no shot to begin with, and by process of elimination, it seemed a shoo-in back in November that goalie Devan Dubnyk would represent the Wild.
Defenseman Ryan Suter had no shot when the league decided to give host Nashville three representatives out of 11, including two defensemen. And when the league wasn't going to snub Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, it meant Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler couldn't make the Central Division's team. That put Dustin Byfuglien on the team, eliminating young Dallas defenseman John Klingberg.
Ryan Johansen and Seth Jones, traded for each other Wednesday, ran into each other at the Columbus airport — Jones arriving, Johansen leaving for Nashville. They took a picture together, one Johansen posted on Instagram.