At this point, “who is John Scott” isn’t really a hard question to answer. John Scott even trended on Twitter the night of the All-Star game and into the next day.
The former Arizona Coyote and misunderstood “goon” was jokingly voted into the NHL All-Star game and the NHL as an organization blew up about it, got him traded to the Montreal Canadiens and sent down to the AHL to keep him out of the All-Star game. This, naturally, looked bad for the NHL because it was obvious what they tried to do to the man and his family who, at the time, had two children and one more on the way.
The world came to the aid of Scott, calling out the NHL on their badly planned rouse. He eventually ended up being a captain in the All-Star game, rightfully so, and took it by force notching a pair of goals and “fighting” Patty Kane (both of whom were best friends during the game).
Finally, and ultimately what I’m talking about here, is the fact that Scott’s story is good enough to be made into a movie.
This particular movie idea has come up before and Scott shot it down, but after the world saw his All-Star uniform and gear in the NHL Hall of Fame*, these movie ideas continued to make more sense. Scotts full life story is a crazy one, and his triumph over the NHL and their scheme is a story worth being told.
There aren’t enough hockey movies out there, and the emotional and meaningful story of Scott’s hockey career is a good plot to go with.
*I hope the movie makes the NHL and Commissioner Bettman look like the bad guys. I love hockey and I love the NHL, but how they handled Scott before the All-Star game and how they flip-flopped (only after Scott made the NHL money by being awesome) on how they portrayed him is ridiculous.
They wanted nothing to do with Scott until the huge backlash from the fan base. The NHL’s PR went upside-down, and they put Scott’s gear in The Hall to make it look like he was part of the plan all along.
I don’t mean to bash John Scott if it seems that way. I love the guys who literally fought their way to the top and keep a positive attitude. He deserves every bit of fame after what he’s been through.
I just don’t like the NHL as a company right now.