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Year later, John Scott still shaking head over 2016 All-Star experience

A year removed from his 2016 NHL All-Star Game experience that made him the talk of the sport, John Scott still has difficultly processing the events that unfolded in Nashville.

"It's crazy how it worked out," said Scott, who played for the Blackhawks for the better part of two seasons. "I've tried to think about it, 'Oh, it makes sense,' but it doesn't make sense to this day. It's something that always will be a weird situation."

That weird situation was Scott being voted into the 2016 All-Star Game on a lark by the fans. The NHL pressured him to withdraw but he decided to play an even was named the exhibition's most valuable player. That was the last time Scott wore any kind of NHL sweater. He retired from the game and now is living in Traverse City, Mich., with his family.

"My days are filled with driving kids to school, tying shoes and changing diapers — a little less Hollywood stuff," Scott said.

Scott was in Los Angeles to sign copies of his new book, "A Guy Like Me: Fighting to Make the Cut" and said he is content with his new job of full-time father. As far as his career of 286 regular-season games during which he accumulated five goals and six assists with 544 penalty minutes, Scott said he was "satisfied with it."

"I went into (it) not expecting anything and it worked out where I played pro for 11 years and in the NHL for eight," Scott said. "It was a good career and to top it off at the All-Star Game was kind of a cherry on top."

Party on: There's a little bit of Aurora in downtown L.A. this weekend.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the film "Wayne's World," a pop-up shop called "Stan Mikita's All-Star Cafe" was opened in honor of the Blackhawks legend. The cafe is modeled after the fictional restaurant "Stan Mikita's Donuts," which was featured in film.

The cafe was handing out complimentary doughnuts and coffee in cups bearing Mikita's face and along the walls and behind the counter were photos and magazine covers featuring Mikita.

Big video coming: Team president John McDonough represented the Hawks at the NHL's Board of Governors meeting and afterward said the United Center will be outfitted with a modern big-screen video board "likely in the next few years." Renovations continue at the arena and McDonough said he didn't know the exact timetable for the installation of the new board.

Olympics or no? Another day passed without a decision on whether NHL players will participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The league has not been able to come to an agreement with the International Olympic Committee on sending its players but there is still time for the sides to work out a deal.

"It's something that as a practical matter needs to be decided at some point, but we're not at that point yet," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. "There's no reason to force a decision yet."

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