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Scott Gomez

Scott Gomez
Scott Gomez - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Gomez with the New Jersey Devils in 2015
Born (1979-12-23) December 23, 1979 (age 41)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens
San Jose Sharks
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
National team  United States
NHL Draft 27th overall, 1998
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1999–2016

Scott Carlos Gomez (born December 23, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player.

He was the assistant coach for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Gomez had previously played in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators.

Playing career

New Jersey Devils

In the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Gomez was selected with the 27th pick of the first round by the New Jersey Devils. At the time, he was playing for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and had just been named to the WHL's All-Rookie Team. He also played for the Alaska Aces. 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 previous year, 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; Gomez and his South Surrey Eagles were defeated 4-3.

After this impressive WHL performance, Gomez was brought to New Jersey for the 1999-2000 NHL season, making him the first Alaska-born NHL player.[1] In his rookie NHL season, he had 51 assists and 70 points for the Devils. For his efforts, he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie and played in the NHL All-Star Game in Toronto. Gomez scored 10 points in the 2000 playoffs as the Devils won their second Stanley Cup.

In his sophomore season, Gomez totaled 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 10 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 season, however, 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 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 initially went to Russia, but ultimately decided to return to his native hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, and played for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.[2] Throughout the season, "Scotty" was the face of the Alaska franchise, as well as the ECHL; he led the ECHL in scoring and won league Most Valuable Player honors. Gomez's 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.[3]

Despite the lockout, Gomez returned to form in 2005-06 and set career highs in goals scored and points, tallying a total of 33 goals and 84 points. He would never reach 30 goals in a season again in his career let alone 20. Along with linemates Brian Gionta, Patrik Eliá? and, before Eliá?' comeback, Zach Parise, Gomez helped rally the Devils from a 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 five goals and four assists in nine games. On July 25, 2006, Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello accepted an arbitrator's ruling of a $5 million, one-year contract for Gomez for the 2006-07 season. Hence, he would go on to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2007. During the 2006-07 season, he led the Devils to the second round of the playoffs and totalled 60 points.

Gomez with the New York Rangers in 2008.

New York Rangers

On July 1, 2007, Gomez signed a $51.5 million, seven-year contract with the New York Rangers.[4] On the same day, the Rangers signed Chris Drury, who also wears the number 23. To settle who would wear number 23 while playing for the Rangers, a puck was flipped, with Drury winning and earning the right to continue wearing number 23, while Gomez changed his number to 19. Coincidentally, Drury won the Calder Memorial Trophy the year before Gomez won the same award.[5] When asked about his decision to leave the Devils, Gomez said,

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.[6]

Gomez faced his former club for the first time at Prudential Center on November 14, 2007. Each time Gomez touched the puck, he was severely booed by Devils fans. The Rangers went on to win 4-2 that night, with Gomez piling up two assists in the game.

On February 1, 2008, in a game against his former club, the Devils, Gomez recorded his 500th career point by assisting on a Chris Drury goal.

In the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs, Gomez and the Rangers faced the Devils, where he scored two goals and four assists, en route to a 4-1 series victory. However, the Rangers fell to the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round 4-1.

On October 1, 2008, Gomez and the New York Rangers won the Victoria Cup by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk by the score of 4-3. On October 3, 2008, Gomez was named an alternate captain of the New York Rangers.

Montreal Canadiens

Gomez in February 2012 during his tenure with the Montreal Canadiens.

On June 30, 2009, Gomez was traded by the Rangers, along with Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto, to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Chris Higgins, Doug Janik, Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko.[7]

The trade reunited Gomez with former Devils teammate Brian Gionta, who signed with the Canadiens after the Gomez trade. Montreal's acquisition of Gomez drew considerable attention and criticism across various news sources largely because of his lack of production since signing his contract, one of the longest and highest in the NHL.[8] With the Canadiens, Gomez wore the number 91 for the 2009-10 season (a reverse of number 19) as his former two numbers are retired by the Canadiens organization (number 19 of Larry Robinson and the number 23 of Bob Gainey).

For the start of the 2010-11 season, Gomez decided to switch his number from 91 to 11 (previously worn by long-time Canadiens captain Saku Koivu). Gomez decided to wear number 11 because he wore it during his childhood.[9]

During the 2010-11 season, on February 5, 2011, Gomez scored a goal which would be his last for more than a year. During this time, the Canadiens played in 90 games, although Gomez missed 30 of these games in the 2011-12 season. Of the games he played in, Gomez failed to score in the final 29 games of the 2010-11 season, the preceding seven-game playoff series against the Boston Bruins and the first 24 games he played in during the 2011-12 season - a total scoreless drought of 60 games. Gomez had 22 assists and had a plus-minus rating of -15 while registering 122 shots on goal during this period. The drought ended on February 9, 2012, with a one-timer goal during a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

2012-13 lockout

Due to the 2012-13 lockout, Gomez followed his previous steps and opted a return to the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.[10] Initially on a training basis only with the Aces, Gomez signed to play in 2012-13 season, posting 13 points in 11 games.

When the lockout was settled, the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) directly affected Gomez in two ways -- first, it forced teams to count any American Hockey League (AHL) player's salary above $900,000 against its NHL cap, meaning the Canadiens could not "bury" Gomez's salary by sending him to their AHL affiliate, as had been previously done with players such as Wade Redden, to clear cap room. Second, it allowed for up to two contracts per team to be bought out for up to two-thirds of the remaining salary, without the buyout counting against the cap in the 2013 and/or 2014 off-seasons, so as to help teams get under the reduced cap.

However, the buyouts could not be used on injured players, so, to avoid any risk of a hockey-related injury, on January 13, 2013, the first day of the Canadiens training camp, Gomez was directed by General Manager Marc Bergevin to stay home for the shortened season to ensure a buy-out at the end of the season.[11]

While this meant that Gomez (along with Wade Redden who, due to the provision regarding AHL salaries, was in a similar situation) would still have been paid his pro-rated 2012-13 salary despite not playing, the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) was concerned that Gomez and Redden being forced to spend an entire year away from hockey would adversely affect their ability to find employment elsewhere in the NHL during the 2013 off-season, even at a much reduced salary.

On January 15, in order to avoid this process, the CBA was revised to allow teams to use one of their two compliance buyouts prior to the start of the shortened 2013 season, with the provision that the players bought out in such a way would still be paid their pro-rated but otherwise full 2012-13 salaries (which would still count against the 2012-13 cap), and with the buyout of the subsequent years otherwise proceeding as originally intended.

With the revised agreement in place, Gomez was promptly placed on unconditional waivers and bought-out, becoming a free agent on January 17, 2013.[12][13]

San Jose Sharks & Florida Panthers

On January 23, 2013, Gomez signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the San Jose Sharks.[14] Playing in 39 games for the Sharks, Gomez recorded two goals and 13 assists.

On July 31, 2013, Gomez signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers.[15] Playing in 46 games for the Panthers, Gomez scored just two goals to go with 10 assists.

Return to New Jersey, St. Louis Blues and Hershey Bears

Gomez returned to familiar grounds in attending the New Jersey Devils' training camp for the 2014-15 season on an unsigned try-out basis. On December 1, 2014, the Devils signed him to a one-year contract.[16] On December 28, 2014, he participated in his 1,000th NHL game.[17] Gomez rediscovered his scoring touch with the Devils, amassing his best offensive output since 2011, finishing third amongst the Devils with 34 points in 58 games.

With the Devils signalling an end of an era through managerial changes and with the intent to build a younger roster, Gomez was not tendered a new contract by the Devils. As a free agent, Gomez again accepted a try-out basis contract to attend the St. Louis Blues training camp for the 2015-16 season on August 27, 2015.[18] On October 7, he signed a one-year two-way contract with the Blues worth $575,000 to begin the 2015-16 season. Gomez was used primarily on the powerplay with the Blues, and contributed with 8 points in 21 games. With the club returning to health and in need of roster positions, on December 29, 2015, he was placed on waivers by the team. Upon clearing, Gomez requested a release from his contract with the Blues and was placed on unconditional waivers by the Blues in order to return to free agency.[19]

Gomez continued his season in the new-year by signing with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, an affiliate to the Washington Capitals, on a professional try-out contract on January 14, 2016.[20] Gomez exercised the release from his tryout contract on March 1, 2016.[21]

Ottawa Senators

After the Senators' first line center Kyle Turris was placed on injury reserve, Gomez was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators for $575,000 on March 2, 2016.[22]

On August 31, 2016, Gomez announced his retirement from professional hockey.[23][24]

Coaching career

On May 30, 2017, Gomez was named as the assistant coach for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).[25] Following the 2018-19 season, Gomez elected not to return to the Islanders bench.[26]

Web show

Gomez has a web show on YouTube entitled, "Scotty's House" that first premiered on July 30, 2020. This series focuses on Gomez having adventures in his house in Alaska.[27]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994-95 East Anchorage High School HS-AK 28 30 48 78 -- -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 East Anchorage High School HS-AK 27 56 49 105 -- -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Anchorage North Stars AAA Midget 40 67 70 137 44 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 South Surrey Eagles BCHL 56 48 76 124 94 21 18 23 41 57
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 78 23 4 6 10 4
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 14 49 63 46 25 5 9 14 24
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 10 38 48 36 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 13 42 55 48 24 3 9 12 2
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 14 56 70 70 5 0 6 6 0
2004-05 Alaska Aces ECHL 61 13 73 86 69 4 1 3 4 4
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 33 51 84 42 9 5 4 9 6
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 13 47 60 42 11 4 10 14 14
2007-08 New York Rangers NHL 81 16 54 70 36 10 4 7 11 8
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 77 16 42 58 60 7 2 3 5 4
2009-10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 12 47 59 60 19 2 12 14 25
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 7 31 38 48 7 0 4 4 2
2011-12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 38 2 9 11 14 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Alaska Aces ECHL 11 6 7 13 12 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 San Jose Sharks NHL 39 2 13 15 22 9 0 2 2 6
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 46 2 10 12 24 -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 New Jersey Devils NHL 58 7 27 34 23 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 St. Louis Blues NHL 21 1 7 8 4 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Hershey Bears AHL 18 4 20 24 0 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 1079 181 575 756 655 149 29 72 101 95


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 United States WJC 5th 7 1 0 1 2
1999 United States WJC 8th 6 3 7 10 4
2004 United States WCH SF 7 2 1 3 2
2006 United States OG 8th 6 1 4 5 10
Junior totals 13 4 7 11 6
Senior totals 11 2 7 9 10

Awards and achievements

See also


  1. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (July 10, 2012). "El Diablo". Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Gulitti, Tom (November 27, 2016). "ECHL grows into starting point toward NHL". Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Gomez breaks pelvis in ECHL game". The Sports Network. May 22, 2005. Retrieved 2005.
  4. ^ "Rangers ink Gomez and Drury". Associated Press. July 2, 2007. Archived from the original on December 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^ "New Rangers Drury, Gomez Get Heroes' Welcome". New York Rangers. July 1, 2007. Archived from the original on July 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "Two centers arrive in New York with one goal". National Hockey League. July 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Montreal Canadiens acquire Scott Gomez from New York Rangers". ESPN. June 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "Gomez Trade Reax: Rangers drain the poison, Habs get fleeced". Yahoo! Sports. July 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "Habs' Gomez switches". Montreal Gazette. September 29, 2010. Archived from the original on July 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "Gomez returns to Alaska Aces during NHL lockout". Yahoo! Sports. November 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "Canadiens tell Gomez not to report to team this season". The Sports Network. January 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "NHL, NHLPA agree to an accelerated buy-out period". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "Gomez, Redden clear waivers, become free agents". The Sports Network. January 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "Former Canadiens C Gomez signs with Sharks". Yahoo! Sports. January 23, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "Scott Gomez will play in Florida". July 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "Scott Gomez rejoins NJ Devils". Yahoo! Sports. December 1, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Devils fall 3-1 to Rangers in first game of Scott Stevens-Adam Oates era: Rapid Reaction". December 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Blues invite Gomez, four others to training camp". National Hockey League. August 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "Scott Gomez placed on unconditional waivers by the Blues". Yahoo! Sports. December 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Bears sign Scott Gomez to professional tryout". American Hockey League. January 14, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ Leahy, Sean. "Scott Gomez exercises release from Hershey Bears tryout".
  22. ^ "Sens sign F Gomez to one-year contract". TSN. March 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ "Rink retirement: Standard-bearer Scott Gomez calls it a career after 16 seasons in the NHL". Alaska Dispatch News. September 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  24. ^ "Scott Gomez retires after 16 NHL seasons: report". September 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  25. ^ "Islanders Name Gomez Assistant Coach". May 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ "Scott Gomez won't return as Islanders assistant coach". August 27, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ "At 'Scotty's House,' two-time Stanley Cup winner Gomez will help you survive with laughter". May 21, 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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