It was a scary moment recently for former NHL tough guy and All-Star John Scott.
The 36 year old was trying to prepare a skating rink on a lake recently for his family in Traverse City, Michigan and ended up having the scare of his life.
For those of us who live in cold conditions, every year we hear horror stories of people falling through ice and not being able to get out and it almost happened to Scott.
Scott explained the incident to The Athletic's Chris Kuc:
"I couldn't get up on my dock the first three or four attempts because I was soaking wet — I was just drenched," Scott said. "I was like, 'OK, do I scream for the ice fisherman but how is he going to get me?' My kids were playing up at the house and they weren't going to hear me screaming with the noise up there.
"I tried to hoist myself up but I couldn't do it and there was no way I could get to a part where I could walk up because at the end of my dock it's probably 20 feet deep and I couldn't get around to where the beach starts, so I was like, 'either I get up on the dock or I don't get up at all.' I managed to find a somewhat solid piece of ice to put my foot up on and kind of hoist myself up luckily."
Scott said he feels lucky to be alive and is likely to skip pond hockey this year.
"We're going to maybe take this winter off," he said. "We'll go to the local rink for our open skates. That was enough to scare me away for this winter."
He also explained the incident on his Instagram account showing off the hole in the ice.
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