When you finally walk across that stage at the Student Development Complex, it is the end of a relationship in which you as a student are told, sometimes selfishly, that as a graduate of Michigan Tech you will have ability to accomplish anything you desire in life. However, accomplishments are not given. Before any accomplishment there must be opportunity and sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time. When that opportunity presents itself whether you seize it or not will ultimately determine what you accomplish.
John Scott seized the opportunity to become an NHL All-Star, one given to him because he was in the right place at the right time. Whether that opportunity was ill-willed or not, Scott quickly won over the masses in a show of humility, grace and humor. On the ice he showed that he wasn't out of place, contributing through strong play on the way to his team's all-star championship. With his two goals and the hearts of players and fans, he was chosen as the game's most valuable player.
The years to come may show this to ultimately be the pinnacle of Scott's career, but in one opportunity seized, he accomplished something of which many can only dream: an accomplishment that will forever alter his legacy in the game he loves, to be memorialized with the addition of his helmet to the collection of the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is a lesson of ability, opportunity and accomplishment that we as fellow alumni and students of Michigan Tech can take to heart.
We at Tech Hockey Guide encourage all of our fellow Huskies to follow Scott's example, and step up to the challenge with a smile, even when the odds seem stacked against you. We are the engineers, and engineers never shy away from a problem; engineers solve problems.