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John Scott: Petition Pushes For Hockey Player To Be Named Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal

02/02/2016 03:17 EST | Updated 02/02/2016 03:59 EST
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NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 31: John Scott #28 of the Arizona Coyotes is held up by teammates Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames and Brent Burns #88 and Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks of the Pacific Division All-Stars of the Western Conference after defeating the Atlantic Division All-Stars of the Eastern Conference in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Final Game at Bridgestone Arena on January 31, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Pacific Divisoin All-Stars of the Western Conference defeated the Atlantic Division All-Stars of the Eastern Conference 1-0. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.


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.




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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