The John Scott story is the ultimate underdog narrative in sports during 2016 when Scott - in the twilight of his career - went from a joke All-Star fan-voted nominee to scoring two goals and winning the All-Star Game's MVP title. This is his heartwarming story about 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.
©2016 John Scott (P)2016 Suimon & Schuster
"Heck of a story"
What a story. As a Wild fan, it was cool to hear about his time coming up through Houston and on the team in MN.
Though one thing that was constantly jarring was the mispronunciation of players' names. It really distracts and takes you right out of the story.
"The story was great , but the narration was terrible."
I loved the story but wish Scott had been a little more forthcoming about the origins of his All Star berth and the NHL's despicable reaction to it.
My main criticism is of the narration. If this is your *job* I would think you would make even a rudimentary effort to find out how to pronounce the many and varied names involved in this story. If you can't even say Patrick Roy's name correctly, you have no business narrating such a book.
"great book, terrible audio performance..."
Amazing story, I voted for Mr. Scott in the Allstar voting that year and it was a crazy story to watch unfold. awesome book, can't wait for the movie. I will say this though, having someone who cleary has never watched hockey(or at least seems that way) read this story and butcher so many great names from the game was really hard to listen to and snapped me right out of the story everytime. no offence to they guy, but I figured a hockey book would have been performed by a hockey fan.
"If you love hockey..."
I can't say enough about this book, but to be fair, I'm an avid hockey fan. This story captures the heart of the game and displays it in vivid detail. The pace and narration were top notch as well. Loved it, just loved it.
"Great Story, poor naration"
John Scott is an enormous guy with a gentle yet enormous voice. I can't imagine why they selected a guy with a weak stockbroker type voice to narrate. John Scott lived so many dreams and the narration didn't play it out. A must read book about the Hockey Cinderella story narrated by one of Cinderella's mice.
"A great story, needs a better narrator"
Would have been perfect in the voice of Scott, or another known athlete. The story itself is amazing and inspiring.
"The real MVP"
John Scott captured the hearts of hockey fans all over the world during his all star appearance and I, personally, have so much respect for him. His story is amazing to listen to and I am so glad he shared it with the world.
This was a great book. Never a dull moment in the story and the whole time I was rooting for John. This book makes you appreciate the work that goes into playing in the NHL and inspires the reader to shoot for the stars.
"Sounds like a robot"
The book is really good, the reader sounds like a robot, and a bad one at that. Alexa or google assistant read more natural sounding than this audio book. Get the text version, the audio is awful.
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