John Howard Scott
Born Septemer 26, 1982 (age 29) in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Left winger/defenseman for the New York Rangers
It feels strange writing a different team for him, but I have to get used to it. Scotty played a season with the Chicago Freeze of the old NAHL (now the USHL) and was undrafted when he entered Michigan Tech University, the alma mater of the Esposito brothers. In his four years there, he only spent 19 minutes on the ice but racked up a whopping 347 minutes in penalties! As a free agent after graduation in 2006, he signed up with the Houston Aeros in the AHL and was signed to an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild in that first pro season. After two seasons with the Aeros and a split season between them and the Wild, he spent his first full NHL season in Minnesota in the 2009-10 season and got his first NHL goal in November 2009 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He became a free agent after that, so he signed on with the Chicago Blackhawks in Juy 2010.
Scotty was mostly defense for the Hawks, but he did occasionally play wing. Mainly he was an enforcer, and I remember at the beginning of the season that he complained that no one would fight him (with Scotty standing 6’8″, can you blame the little guys?). He did end up with his share of fights (72 penalty minutes last season and 48 in his 29 games this season), and this one with Derek Dorsett of the Columbus Blue Jackets is my favorite:
February 27th was the day he was traded to the Rangers, and according to the Blackhawks beat reporters, he was doing laundry when he found out and was stunned. For me, it was great to see him play, even though he didn’t play that often. He was our big teddy bear and a new daddy in December along with Patrick Sharp. It’ll being weird to see him in a Rangers jersey on March 9, but in the hockey world, not everything lasts forever.