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All-Star Scott: NHL asked him to drop out

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.

TOEWS, ovechkin OUT: Jonathan Toews will not participate in the All-Star Game because of an illness the Blackhawks said limited his time in a 5-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, and Alex Ovechkin pulled out with a lower-body injury the Capitals said had been bothering him since mid November. By NHL rules, both players will be suspended one game for pulling out. The Predators' James Neal will replace Toews; the Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov will replace Ovechkin,

WIDEMAN SUSPENDED: Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was suspended indefinitely pending a hearing Tuesday for checking and knocking down linesman Don Henderson in a game Wednesday. Wideman got up after being hit and struck Henderson on the way to the bench. Wideman said he was in pain and was just trying to get off the ice, and he couldn't avoid Henderson.

All-Star Scott: NHL asked him to drop out 01/28/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2016 10:28pm]
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