John Scott might currently be with the Montreal Canadiens, but he will represent the Pacific Division in the 2016 All-Star Game.
Scott, who was selected as a captain by the new All-Star Fan Vote, was traded to the Montreal Canadiens last Friday, along with defenseman Stefan Elliott, in exchange for 2010 first round pick Jarred Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier.
Over the weekend, Montreal sent the defenseman to the St. John’s Ice Caps of the American Hockey League.
With Montreal being in the Atlantic Division and Scott’s assignment to the AHL, the league reviewed the situation and concluded that “the result of which was a determination to maintain the status quo for the All-Star weekend in order to preserve all parties’ pre-existing expectations, including Scott’s desire to participate,” according to a press release from the league.
“I am looking forward to enjoying a fun and unique experience at All-Star Weekend in Nashville with my family,” Scott said. “While being voted to the All-Star Game by the fans was not something I expected to happen, I am excited to participate in the All-Star events with my fellow players.”
The league asked Scott at least once to bow out of the All-Star Game, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported.
Scott has played in 11 games this season, tallying one assist. The 6'8", 33-year-old forward has totaled 11 points and 542 penalty minutes during his 285-game NHL career.
John Scott was previously asked by both NHL and Arizona Coyotes to bow out of NHL All-Star Game. He refused. Trade likely takes care of that— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 15, 2016
The 2016 All-Star Game is set for 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
- Beth Maiman