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Scott isn't the only enforcer selected to the game, either. Fans have been lambasted by many columnists for sending a fighter to an All-Star event, but back before it ever occurred to them to do so, an NHL head coach had a similar idea.
Mike Milbury, coach of the Boston Bruins, was tasked with selecting the bulk of the roster for the Wales Conference in 1991 and ended up naming Chris Nilan to the team. Nilan enjoyed nearly 700 games in the NHL, had some good seasons and would later go into coaching, but at the time of his selection he was near the end of his career and basically a pure enforcer.
Milbury was defiant about the choice, as related by Mike Kiley of the Chicago Tribune:
I'm not prepared to take any grief from anybody. I tried to make all the obvious selections. The remaining four or five spots, I considered qualities such as leadership, courage and commitment. Last year`s 12-7 (All-Star) final was an inaccurate showing of our game. [It's a] gross oversight not to look at the physical player.
That isn't the weirdest thing about this, though. As Sal Barry of Puck Junk wrote in 2011, the 1991-92 Pro Set collection of hockey cards includes every player who was named to that All-Star Game, including the injured ones, except for Nilan. He had to sit the game out due to injury, but he didn't get a card, and the card of his replacement doesn't mention Nilan, either. Whatever the reason, it's an odd omission.