Already the last of his kind -a T-Rex in a world of smaller, quicker mammals- John Scott knew the end was near. But no one could have predicted the NHL’s last enforcer would exit like this, battered by Internet cruelty and NHL short sightedness.
An on-line vote for division captains became a campaign to get Scott- the least likely of all stars with 5 career goals- in as the Pacific division choice. He got more votes than any player, the joke became reality, and when the 6 foot 8 Edmonton native said he wanted to play in the mid-season all star game, his team and the NHL first tried to talk him out of it, then got him out of the game.
Arizona sent him to the minors, then traded him to Montreal, where he was assigned to the farm team. Problem solved. John Scott isn’t in the NHL, he’s not in the all star game.
Rushing into the digital voting plan to promote it’s new format, the NHL failed to consider the consequences. And when dealing with the internet trolls, that’s a huge oversight. They made you look foolish and you made the butt of the joke pay with his job.
Offside NHL. Way offside.