Like all of the major sports in the USA, hockey is trying to move away from some of the violence that many fans go to games to see. This is mostly due to former players having mental issues that are attributed to head injuries sustained during their careers. With the NHL cutting down on some of the violence there has been less need for teams to carry an enforcer. This was once a position that was celebrated by the league for adding a certain level of spice to the game that other sports did not have, fighting. In fact two great franchises had teams that were celebrated for their enforcers in the 1970’s. The Boston Bruins with their “Big Bad Bruins” and the Philadelphia Flyers with their ” Broad Street Bullies” both enjoyed success during a time when the game allowed teams to have the luxury of having players who did not possess the technical abilities to assist his team on the score sheet. Since the lockout in 2004 many teams have opted not to carry an enforcer because the game has changed so that there is more scoring and the play is faster than it ever was before.
To try and spice things up for the 2016 All-Star game, the NHL let the fans vote on the captains of the four teams. The first three players that were chosen, Patrick Kane Jaromir Jagr and Alex Ovechkin, to be captains were voted in because they have had great seasons and are more or less well respected players, although that really depends how you feel about Patrick Kane at any given moment. That brings me to Coyotes grinder John Scott, the fans vote for the Pacific division captain. He was part of the Arizona Coyotes organization until he was traded to the Montreal Canadians on January 15th and subsequently was placed on the Canadians AHL team. Scott really hasn’t had much of a year in terms stats putting up no goals and only one assist in 11 games this season. That being said, he has not ever been expected to produce points with only 5 goals and 6 assists to his name in 285 career NHL games. In the All-Star game he will be representing a nearly extinct species of player in the NHL and it will be good to have a real player on the ice with all the skill players for once. That is why I am glad the NHL is allowing him to continue to be the Pacific captain even though he is not with the Canadians organization who are in the Atlantic division.