The former Sabres and yes, former all-star has officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. Scott did so by writing an article for The Player’s Tribune and reflected on not only his NHL life, but his personal one as well.
Of course, Scott played two years for the Sabres. A total of 90 games. He scored one goal in Buffalo and it was a complete surprise to everyone in the building, including Rick Jeanneret.
No offense to Scott, but he wasn’t there to score goals. He piled up 194 penalty minutes in Buffalo and a total of 544 throughout his NHL career.
“It has been a hell of a ride. But I’m done. I am officially retired, as of today. I scored five goals. I had four kids. And I had one hell of a good time over the years. By my count, I only had 43 fights in the NHL. I only really lost one clean, in my humble opinion. Congratulations, Justin Johnson. You caught me with the left hook. What can I say? Good job.” – John Scott
Here’s a recap of his All-Star game appearance and another look at Scott’s only goal with Buffalo (apologies for the video quality):
A clip of Scott and Shawn Thornton dropping the gloves:
If you have the time, read Scott’s full article at The Player’s Tribune. It’s an interesting story and makes you realize that even for athletes, there is more to life than just sports.
“You know, I still get chirped by people on the Internet. They’ll say, “You’re just a joke. You only scored five goals in your NHL career.”
What can I say?
“You’re damn right I did.”