As the rest of the All-Star Game competitors return to their NHL teams Monday, John Scott, the Pacific Division captain and All-Star Game MVP, will be boarding a flight and heading to Newfoundland to join the AHL’s IceCaps. But he may return to a brand new city, as the IceCaps hopped on board the MVP hype surrounding the lovable tough guy.
Following Scott’s two-goal MVP performance, the IceCaps were hit with requests to change the team name to something reflecting the success of their newly acquired enforcer.
“We hear your requests,” the IceCaps Tweeted. “But we don’t think we’re allowed to change to the ‘St. John Scott IceCaps’ or ‘St. John’s IceScotts’”
And while the IceCaps are probably right — only probably because, hey, fan-voting has done some great things this past weekend — in saying the AHL won’t allow the name change, they found a happy medium. Shortly after saying the change wouldn’t be coming, the IceCaps gave in to the requests by altering their Twitter account to reflect the fanfare surrounding Scott.
— St JohnScott IceCaps (@IceCapsAHL) February 1, 2016
Scott, 33, was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens as part of a trade with the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 15 and has been playing in St. John’s ever since. He’s played four games with the IceCaps, but has failed to register a point. He does have six penalty minutes and one shot on goal, and maybe he’s about to get a look on the power play after he unloaded a 95.9 MPH blast in the Hardest Shot competition.
And after the blast he had at the All-Star Game, maybe he comes back to the IceCaps with some newfound confidence. If he can score a few goals, we could even get to see Scott have at least one more shot at playing in the NHL. After all the fanfare of the past weekend, who wouldn’t want to see Scott suiting up for the Canadiens at some point?