NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the fans spoke, so career journeyman enforcer John Scott is welcome at the 2016 All-Star Game.

Scott said someone at the NHL tried to talk him out of playing in the league's showcase event Sunday, according to a first-person account Thursday posted by The Players Tribune. Fans voted the 6-foot-8 Scott as captain of the Pacific Division, but Arizona traded him to Montreal and he is now at the Canadiens' AHL affiliate in Newfoundland.

Bettman says he had a nice chat with Scott on Thursday night and he's more than welcome at the All-Star Game. Bettman says the league is happy to reflect the fans' will.


AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage contributed to this report.