NASHVILLE — John Scott had a transformative weekend as captain of the winning Pacific Division team at the NHL All-Star Game, and he hopes it might help him land another job in or out of the game.
"I'd like to think I opened a few doors," he said.
The journeyman enforcer — who wrote last week that an unidentified person in the league office tried to talk him out of going after fans voted him in — went from improbable All-Star to MVP of the league's midseason showcase Sunday.
"It worked out for everybody," said Scott, who was named NHL star of the week on Monday.
Jeremy Roenick, a former NHL player and current TV analyst, was very vocal in his opposition to Scott being an All-Star. Roenick changed his opinion after seeing the fun-loving enforcer handle his newfound fame and captivate the crowd.
"I was one of the most critical people of him coming and I don't think it could've worked out better for him, or the league," Roenick said. "I have no problem eating crow. … I clapped for him at the end."
His helmet is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, and his name was trending on Twitter in the United States soon after the game.
Not bad for a player who, at 33, returns this week to the reality of being in the AHL, with a wife and two children plus two more on the way.