BEYOND THE ICE: JOHN SCOTT
BY: Jennifer Zehentner
Houston Aeros defenseman John Scott is known for his tall stature and ability to rack up the penalty minutes. He is a skilled hockey player who has spent time in the NHL playing for the Minnesota Wild, but he is also an intelligent guy with a bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech. There are many different angles to John Scott; he is much more than just a hockey player.
Married in the summer of 2008, John and his wife, Danielle, make up one of four married couples on the Aeros. She lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota while he stays in Houston during the season.
“Its very hard, but we make it work,” Scott said. “She’s got her job, we talk a lot and we travel, lots of flights back and forth.”
They met while attending school at Michigan Tech, Scott calls that the highlight of his time there but also loved spending time with his teammates.
“Just being around the guys for four years, you get to know them really well and really build life long friendships that way,” Scott said. “It was a good time.”
Scott has few former teammates in the AHL, having gone to a school with less then 8,000 undergraduates and not extremely well known for its hockey program.
“I don’t know many people out there, but with the guys you know, you are familiar with their moves, you know what they are going to do,” Scott said. “It’s fun to chat them up on the ice and try to hit them.”
Choosing a major that is uncommon among hockey players, Scott selected something that fit his interests. Mechanical Engineering is also one of the strongest degrees offered by his Alma Matter, Michigan Tech; ranking in the top 25 programs in the nation.
“I’ve always been into engines and fixing stuff like that, so I thought mechanical engineering was pretty interesting. I took a couple of classes and I liked it,” Scott said. “I’ve always been good with math, so that helped.”
In his off time, Scott likes to relax with friends and watch movies. He also enjoys spending time outdoors; going for bike rides and walks. Having been in the Houston area for three years, he also has some favorite local spots he enjoys hanging out at.
“I like to go to Baker Street, Japaneiros (in Sugarland), its right by where I live. It’s good sushi, I go there to grab a couple beers maybe,” Scott said. “I don’t go there often, but I definitely like Japaneiros because the people there are great.”
In his third season in the pros, he earned his first call up from the Aeros to play for the Minnesota Wild for five games in January.
“It was very, very nerve racking, but it was also exciting. All my friends were there, my family, and my wife,” Scott said. “It was an exciting lifelong dream come true, I really enjoyed it.”
According to John Royal of the Houston Press, John Scott is “a great guy who I don’t ever think I’ve seen angry.” This is being said about the same player who recorded 184 penalty minutes in just 64 games during the 2007-08 season.
“[John] doesn’t see me on the ice. Off the ice I try to stay nice and even keeled. I joke around a lot; I’m a fun loving guy,” Scott said. “On the ice, I kind of switch into my alter ego you could say, I’m a lot more intense.”
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