After John Scott's impressive show at the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, fans have begun circulating a petition to have the former NHL player named as 2016's parade marshal for the Calgary Stampede.
Fans voted the hockey "goon" the game's MVP as a write-in candidate, after he scored two goals and led the NHL's Pacific Division to a win as their captain.
"The epitome of a classy professional athlete, get this man a white hat and a horse and let's bring him to Calgary. Yeehaw! Yahoo!" reads the petition by Q107 radio hosts Sarah Crosbie and Jeff Brown.
— Jeff and Sarah Show (@JeffSarahShow) February 1, 2016
Scott won hockey fans' hearts when he penned a column defending his choice to play in the All-Star game. Scott noted that while he may be one of the worst players in the league — his nomination was seen by many as a joke — he had still paid his dues, and faced intimidation and pressure from NHL employees to drop out of the game, even downgrading him to an AHL team.
Plenty of fans took to Twitter to share the petition and proclaim their support for Scott, who was born in Alberta, even making a few jokes at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's expense.
— 604Vancity (@steveoxyz) February 1, 2016
I bet John Scott wouldn't pressure Calgary into building an arena.— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) February 1, 2016
Previous Calgary Stampede parade marshals have included Olympian Kaillie Humphries, astronaut Chris Hadfield, actor William Shatner, actor Christopher Reeve and, in 1977, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
With files from The Canadian Press
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