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Blackhawks Magazine: Ask a tough guy

10/06/2011 1:00 AM

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This excerpt is taken from the October 2011 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, the official game program of the Chicago Blackhawks. You can get your copy at all Blackhawks home games, beginning Oct. 8 vs. Dallas.

John Scott might be quick to throw up his dukes to solve problems on the ice, but away from the rink he’s a 6-foot-8-inch mountain of knowledge, dishing out two-fisted brilliance. Fans submitted their most pressing questions to the Blackhawks via Facebook and Twitter, and the defenseman weighed in with his advice.

If you have a daughter, how will you use your skills as an enforcer when the boys start coming to your house? 
– Emily, Schaumburg, Ill. 

I have thought about this a little bit already. I will go with the strong and silent approach, I think.  When the boy comes to the door, I will say very little and just kind of make him nervous and uncomfortable by not talking at all. And if that doesn’t work, I will pop in some old fighting tapes just to remind him.

I am 6’8” also. Where do you find clothes and shoes your size? It is a constant challenge for me. 
– Joseph Beganis, Manteno, Ill. 

We live in a very cruel world, Joseph. Stores stock very few large clothes, and they usually sell out in a day or so.  When I do shop I find that Macy’s or Nordstrom’s Rack have the best variety, but even then you have to really search to find something that you like.  As for shoes, I do most of my shopping online. You can find a lot of good deals and nice looking shoes if you just put in some time.  But, mind you, my wife does most of the shopping for me because I really just don’t like to shop for clothes too much. 

My girlfriend’s teams are the New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings. What can I do to save the relationship? 
– Ryan, Glendale, Ariz.

Well, Ryan, I think you are in trouble. I would try to convince her of her obvious faults.  If she can’t see that she is making a huge mistake in her life by cheering for those teams, then I think you need to move on.  You can do much, much better. There are plenty of nice girls who are normal and cheer for the Hawks.