John Scott was never supposed to be a superstar. He was a career journeyman, going from team to team as needed. He wasn't an elite goal scorer, but he was big, and he wasn't afraid to back down from a fight. As his new memoir shows, he is also a giant teddy bear of a man.
Somewhere along the way, NHL fans decided to show their appreciation of his career and personality (and maybe just a hint of irony) and made him the Fan Choice Winner for a spot in the 2016 NHL All Star Game. Unfortunately, Scott's road to the game wasn't nearly as smooth as it could have been.
The NHL decided that John Scott's votes were influenced by fans for the wrong reason, and did everything in their power to bar him from playing in the game.
After much backlash, John Scott DID play, and was even named captain of his team. Not only that, he scored two goals and was named MVP. It all goes to show, sometimes good things DO happen to good people, even a guy like him. — Chris Linendoll
From the NHL’s most unexpected All-Star MVP comes a sports memoir unlike any other. Hilarious, candid, and reflective, A Guy Like Me recounts the heartwarming story of John Scott: an average joe who became a sports superhero overnight.
Known as a willing-and-able fighter and bruiser in the league, John Scott was a surprising and tongue-and-cheek nominee for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. He’d been in the league for over eight NHL seasons, playing for teams such as the Wild, Blackhawks, Rangers, Sabres, and the Sharks. Scott’s best attribute as an NHL player was dropping his gloves—never the best player, the 260 pounder did become the most feared fighter in the NHL, racking up extensive penalty minutes. In order to prevent him from playing in the game, his current team—the Phoenix Coyotes—traded Scott to the Montreal Canadians, who demoted him to the AHL team in an attempt to disqualify him from playing in the All-Star Game. Fans were outraged and Scott was devastated. He’d been downgraded in his job—forced to relocate while his wife was pregnant with twin girls. But the fans wouldn’t back down and insisted the NHL let Scott play in the game. The league relented, and Scott not only was invited to attend the NHL game in Nashville, but was nominated a team captain. The media and sports fans at large fell in love with the giant six-foot-eight player who by all means, was just a normal guy and no superstar player. In a true Cinderella story, Scott scored two goals and was the All-Star Game’s MVP. This is his personal memoir—detailing his life growing up and how he was able to keep his sense of humor and become the ultimate Cinderella-Story of hockey.
About the Author
John Scott is a Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. Scott previously played for the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, and Montreal Canadiens of the NHL. Scott was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a mechanical engineering degree. Scott and his wife, Danielle, have four daughters: Eva, Gabrielle, Estelle, and Sofia.