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Position Center
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Gomer, The Alaskan Assassin,

The Mexican Missile

Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
Nationality USA
Born December 23 1979 (1979-12-23) (age 30),
Anchorage, AK, U.S.
NHL Draft 27th overall, 1998
New Jersey Devils
Pro Career 1999 – present

Scott Gomez (born December 23, 1979, in Anchorage, Alaska) is an American professional ice hockey player of both Mexican and Colombian descent. He plays the position of center for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

In the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Scott Gomez was selected with the 27th pick of the first round by the New Jersey Devils. He was the first Latino NHL player, as well as the first Latino ever drafted by an NHL team.[1] His father is Yugoslav-Mexican-American and his mother is Colombian-American. At the time, he was playing for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, and had just been named to the WHL's All-Rookie Team. In the season after he was drafted, he justified the Devils' decision by scoring 108 points in 58 games for the Americans. This earned him a spot on the WHL West First All-Star Team. The year before, Gomez led the South Surrey Eagles of the Tier II Junior "A" British Columbia Hockey League to the gold medal game of the 1997 Royal Bank Cup against the hometown Summerside Western Capitals, but Gomez and his South Surrey Eagles were defeated 4-3. After this impressive WHL performance, he was brought to New Jersey for the 1999-2000 NHL season. In his rookie NHL season he scored 51 assists and 70 points for the Devils. For his efforts, he was awarded the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie and played in the NHL All-Star Game. Gomez scored 10 points in the 2000 NHL playoffs as the Devils won their second Stanley Cup.

In his sophomore season, Gomez totalled 63 points. The Devils again made their way to the Stanley Cup Finals, but were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. In the 2001-02 season, Gomez's numbers dropped, as he scored just ten goals and 48 points. The Devils bowed out of the playoffs in the first round that season, losing to the Carolina Hurricanes. Gomez did not play a game in that series due to injury.

The 2002-03 NHL season was an improvement for Gomez and the Devils. Gomez tallied 55 points and again helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup, this time scoring 12 points during the playoffs. The 2003-04 NHL season was an even better year for Gomez, as he scored 70 points, the most since his rookie year. He also tied for the NHL lead in assists, with 56. However, the Devils lost in the playoffs to the Philadelphia Flyers.

During the NHL lockout that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season, Gomez returned to his native hometown of Anchorage, Alaska and played for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. Throughout the season "Scotty" was the face of the Alaska franchise, and the ECHL, going on to lead the ECHL in scoring and win league Most Valuable Player honors. Gomez season ended early when he was seriously injured by Bakersfield Condors enforcer Ashlee Langdone, who checked him into an open bench door during game 4 of the Pacific Division Semifinals. Gomez sustained a broken pelvis from the incident.[2]

Despite the lockout, Gomez returned to form in 2005-2006 and set career highs in goals scored and points tallying a total of 84 points. Along with linemates Brian Gionta, Patrik Eliáš and, before Eliáš' comeback, Zach Parise, Gomez helped rally the Devils from a very poor beginning of the season by finishing the season on an 11 game winning streak and clinching the division title in the last game. Gomez finished the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 5 goals and 4 assists in 9 games. On July 25, 2006, Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello accepted an arbitrator's ruling of a $5,000,000, one-year contract for Scott Gomez for the 2006-2007 season. Hence, he would go on to be an unrestricted free agent in the 2007 summer. During the 2006-07 NHL season he led the New Jersey Devils to the second round of the playoffs and totalled 60 points. Gomez scored the final goal ever at Continental Airlines Arena on May 29, 2007.

On July 1, 2007, Gomez signed a $51.5 million, seven-year contract with the New York Rangers.[3] Also on July 1, the Rangers signed Chris Drury, who also wears the number 23. To settle who would be wearing number 23 while playing for the Rangers, a puck was flipped, with Drury winning, earning the right to continue wearing number 23, while Gomez will change his number to 19. Coincidentally, Drury won the Calder Trophy the year before Gomez won the same award.[4] When asked about his decision to leave the Devils, Gomez responded by saying

I think it's more that New Jersey and I didn't really talk much… …Both sides were ready to move on. They're a tremendous organization. So many memories, what can I say? Everything I have and everything I've done is because of them. But I think at the end of the day, it was time.[5]

Other Pursuits

In addition to his NHL career, Gomez had a walk-on role on One Life To Live as an airport clerk in 2000.[6]
Scott Gomez has started a Foundation for kids that can't afford to play hockey. ScottyGomezFoundation.com

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1997-98 Tri-City Americans WHL 45 12 37 49 - 57 - - - - - -
1998-99 Tri-City Americans WHL 58 30 78 108 - 55 10 6 13 19 - 31
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 19 51 70 14 78 23 4 6 10 1 4
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 14 49 63 -1 46 25 5 9 14 7 24
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 10 38 48 -4 36 - - - - - -
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 13 42 55 17 48 24 3 9 12 3 2
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 14 56 70 18 70 5 0 6 6 -2 0
2004-05 Alaska Aces ECHL 61 13 73 86 26 69 4 1 3 4 - 4
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 33 51 84 8 42 9 5 4 9 -1 6
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 13 47 60 7 42 11 4 10 14 6 14
NHL Totals 548 116 334 450 59 362 97 21 44 65 14 50

International play

References

  1. Biography at latinosportslegends.com.
  2. Gomez breaks pelvis in ECHL game.
  3. Rangers ink Gomez and Drury.
  4. NEW RANGERS DRURY, GOMEZ GET HEROES' WELCOME.
  5. Two centers arrive in New York with one goal.
  6. NHLPA.com Did You Know.

External links

  • Scott Gomez's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Scott Gomez at TSN.ca
  • Scott Gomez's U.S. Olympic Team bio
Preceded by
Chris Drury
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2000
Succeeded by
Evgeni Nabokov
Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils first-round draft picks
Scouts: PaiementDean
Rockies: GardnerBeckGillisRamageGagneCirella
Devils: TrottierDaneykoMacLeanMullerWolaninBradyShanahanC. FosterGuerinMillerBrodeurNiedermayerRolstonSmithPedersonSharifijanovSykoraWardDamphousseVan RynGomezAhonenHaleA. FosterPariseZajacBergforsCorrente

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