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NHL Tough Guy John Scott on How He Trains Hard, Eats Right, and Stays Strong on the Ice

The journeyman-turned-superstar explains his favorite exercises, essential meals, and how the All-Star game changed his life.

John Scott has had quite the year.

The NHL veteran went from being a just-doing-my-business journeyman winger to a household name seemingly overnight after fans voted him into the 2016 NHL All-Star game as a captain. The vote might have started off as a joke—Scott, after all, had only five career goals to his name—but as it took off on social media, the 33-year-old quickly found himself starring alongside the best players in the world.

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No player in the league received more votes during the open voting period than Scott, but his journey to Nashville was far from guaranteed. First, the NHL tried to discourage Scott from going to the game. Then the Arizona Coyotes traded Scott to the Montreal Canadiens, who stashed him in the minor leagues—effectively ending his All-Star chance.

Many thought that was the last of it, but persistent fans kept up the chatter about the eyebrow-raising trade, and the voting kept Scott’s story alive—and got him to the game. And once he was there, he made it look easy: Scott captained the Pacific Division to a victory and scored two goals in the process, winning MVP and putting a perfect ending to the event.

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The story had all the elements of a Hollywood film, so it was no surprise when a major sports media company announced that a deal had been made to turn Scott’s life into a movie. The project, still in the early stages of development, is being penned by famed sportswriter Mitch Albom.

“It has opened so many doors, to endorsements, and books—it’s just crazy how one little weekend can change your life,” Scott tells Men's Fitness. “Its definitely given me more opportunities once hockey is done.”

Even after his incredible All-Star game, Scott’s story has plenty for the movie to cover. The 6' 8", 260-pound veteran enforcer saw his wife give birth to twins just days after the game. And he's pretty brainy for a tough guy—most people don’t know that Scott went to Michigan Tech for four years and graduated with a degree in engineering.

Being an NHL journeyman—Scott has played for the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, and Montreal Canadiens—can make it tough to keep a consistent training schedule through the year, but Scott has found ways to make sure he is fit for his position.

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“I do a lot of weird things," he says. "I don't like to just go and squat and bench press, but I'll do a lot of functional movement workouts.”

Scott talked with Men’s Fitness about his training routine, his workout secrets, how he stays quick on his feet, and how it felt to play in the All-Star game.

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