John Scott Is Slowly Punching His Way Into Chicago Blackhawks Fans Hearts

Joe Favia@joe_faviaCorrespondent IINovember 30, 2010

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: John Scott #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits Erik Christensen #26 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Blackhawks this season are slowly building chemistry and an identity coming off of the personality driven championship team of last season.

Over the past few seasons in Chicago the fans have been treated to some lovable tough guys in the "Indian Sweater".

Whether it was James Wisniewski who would get in a fight after the game had ended only to get injured in the process, or Adam Burish willing to drop the gloves even in a situation with larger and stronger opponents facing certain doom.

Yes, the Blackhawks have been lucky in that department. Now Atlanta Thrashers, Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Eager were often eager (no pun intended) participants in the tussles. But, for many these two often drifted from their fighting roots in favor of finesse games on occasion, and were not pure fighters in the traditional sense of the term.

But it appears that the Blackhawks have a player on their team whose soul mission and purpose in the NHL is to inflict intimidation and pain on wanna-be tough guys.

Standing 6'8" and tipping the scales at nearly 260 pounds, John Scott certainly does not take much harassment from anyone in the NHL. Perhaps it is not merely because of his imposing physical stature over the competition, but it may be something completely else.

The Ontario native undoubtedly has turned heads in hockey rinks his whole life because of his NBA type of size, but another reason he may be ready to make an impact in the NHL is the fact that he did not make his debut in the league til he was 27 years old.

Yes, last season "Big John" made his debut in the NHL for the Minnesota Wild and in 51 games he only recorded two points. But, he also raked up 90 minutes in the "Sin Bin" as well.

At first like many Blackhawks fans, I was wondering the purpose of the awkward-skating, slow footed big man.

He has not been a factor at all on the scoring sheet as he has not scored a single point to this period in the season. The cries for him to be sent to Rockford could be heard throughout Blackhawk fandom.

And, suddenly on the night the Blackhawks were playing the Los Angeles Kings it happened.

In what makes the incident between Houston Texans wideout Andre Johnson and Tennessee Titans corner Cortland Finnegan look like paddy-cake, John Scott destroyed Kevin Westgarth.

Scott showed Blackhawks fans that he might in fact be the man to be the fighter for the team this season.

Names of the past such as "King Kong" Jerry Korab, Al Secord, Stu Grimson and Bob Probert were embodied in the punches against Westgarth face, and eventually broken nose.

It was an old-school "butt-kicking".

It got to the point where even Scott wanted to stop it. Another great Canadian fighter, mixed martial artist Georges St. Pierre would have commended Scott on his pummeling; which led to a tap out by Westgarth.

But will Scott continue to bring this element to the team going forward?

Obviously, his career with the Hawks' is dependent on his ability to protect the skill players such as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and be willing to drop the gloves with anyone.

Lets just hope the next time it's against a Red Wing.


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