NASHVILLE — John Scott, a career journeyman enforcer who was voted into the All-Star Game by fans, said he got a call from someone at the league who tried to talk him out of playing in the event Sunday.
Scott said that person asked him: "Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?"
Scott described the incident in a first-person article posted Thursday on the Players Tribune website. Scott said that moment strengthened his resolve to play in the 3-on-3 format in Nashville with some of the world's best players.
"Because while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will — and won't — be proud of me for," wrote Scott, 33, who has two daughters and whose wife is pregnant with twins.
Media reports previously had said the league had asked Scott to drop out of the game. NHL officials didn't respond to messages left by the Associated Press seeking comment.
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