He wasn't even supposed to be there.
John Scott, the controversial captain of the Pacific Division All-Stars, silenced the critics with two goals en route to an MVP performance in the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.
The former enforcer of the Arizona Coyotes is not particularly known for his skill. In fact, he is currently assigned to the AHL. Before this year, most would have thought the only way he could have made the All-Star game was to buy a ticket.
Yet, the fans voted Scott a captain.
Fan votes can often be unpredictable. With the NHL allowing fans to vote in whoever they wanted as team captains, the fans pulled the ultimate fast one on the NHL as Scott won the vote for the Pacific Division.
Not everyone was happy with the vote. In an article of on The Players' Tribune, Scott wrote that the league tried to discourage him from playing. But the player who some thought would end up embarrassing himself turned out to be the best story of the day.
Let's face it, every major sport is grappling with the issue of how to fix their all-star game. The MLB assigns home-field advantage in the World Series based on who wins theirs. The NFL comes under fire every year for a lackluster Pro Bowl.
The NHL experimented this year with a brand new format as they continue to tweak the game in order to generate more interest. They got more interest this year thanks to Scott.
Scott did not look out of place at all skating stride for stride with the NHL's best. In his first game, Scott, the unlikely All-Star, scored twice. Fans chanted "John Scott" throughout, but changed their chants to "MVP" as the day went on.
The fairy tale story came complete with a fairy tale ending as Scott's Pacific Division team won the 3-on-3 tournament, Scott was named the All-Star Game MVP and his teammates interrupted a postgame interview to lift their captain on their shoulders.
In the end, Scott didn't embarrass the NHL at all. He brought buzz to an event that sorely needed it and was the most compelling story of the day.
And he wasn't even supposed to be there.