John Scott (David Kindler)

A former NHL All-Star Game captain and MVP is set to speak in Wallaceburg later this month.

The Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame has announced that John Scott will be the keynote speaker at their January 26 dinner and banquet.

“Scott played nearly 10 seasons in the NHL with various teams including the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks,” the Wallaceburg group posted on social media.

“Scott has written an autobiography called ‘A Guy Like Me: Fighting to Make the Cut’, which was released in December 2016. John will be talking and then taking questions from the audience. Get your questions ready.”

Scott also played for the New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens throughout his career.

He gained prominence in January 2016 when, after an online campaign, he was named captain of the Pacific Division team for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.

At that point in his career he had only five career goals and had only one assist that season with the Coyotes.

Despite a trade to the Montreal Canadiens, and subsequently being sent down to the AHL, the NHL confirmed that Scott would still participate in the All-Star Game.

Scott ended up scoring two goals in the tournament, helping his team advance to the finals where they were winners by a score of 1–0. He was voted the Most Valuable Player.

Afterward, the NHL put the ‘John Scott Rule’ in place for All-Star fan voting, which disqualifies players from being named All-Star captains if they’re injured or sent to the minors.

A film based on Scott’s final professional season is also in the works.

The Sports Hall of Fame has already announced their annual award winners and the their 2019 inductees:

Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame announces 2018 winners

2019 Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced

This year’s banquet will take place, once again, at the UAW Hall.

Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at Kim Murray Insurance in Wallaceburg.


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