Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Gomez
Since making his NHL debut in 1999-00 centre Scott Gomez has added a creative element to the New Jersey Devils' offense. His quick hands and combative will made him one of the toughest Devils with which opposing defences had to battle.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Gomez starred in high school and the local Stars of the AAHL. He then joined South Surrey of the BCJHL and was named the league's top rookie. Gomez moved up to the WHL's Tri-City Americans and was drafted 27th overall by New Jersey in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, thus becoming the first ever Hispanic player drafted in the first round. He was returned to junior and led the league with 78 assists while earning a place on the WHL West First All-Star team.

A two-time member of the U.S. World Junior team in 1998 and 1999, the shifty forward scored 70 points for the Devils in 1999-00, played in the NHL All-Star game and was a key contributor when the team defeated the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup. Following the season he was presented the Calder Trophy and voted to the NHL All-Rookie Team and has been one of the team's best two-way players ever since.

After finishing the 2002-03 regular season with a solid 55-point performance, Gomez helped lead the Devils to the franchise's third Stanley Cup title in nine years. With two Stanley Cups already to his credit, Gomez entered the 2003-04 season looking to take his game yet to another level. With the departure of Joe Nieuwendyk to free agency and the absence of team captain Scott Stevens, Gomez took on a leadership role and cemented himself as one of the go-to-players on the Devils and one of the premier playmakers in the NHL, finishing tied with Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis with a league leading 56 assists.

During the lock out Gomez returned home to Alaska to compete with the ECHL's Alaska Aces. He would return to the Devils and compete in a pair of productive seasons with the club before signing as a free agent with the New York Rangers in the summer of 2007.

On the international stage Gomez represented the United States in the 2006 Winter Olympics.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 East High Thunderbirds High-AK 28 30 48 78
1995-96 East High Thunderbirds High-AK 27 56 49 101
1995-96 Anchorage North Stars AAHL 40 70 67 137 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 -11
1997-98 United States WJC-A 7 1 0 1 2
1998-99 Tri-City Americans WHL 58 30 78 108 55 +43 10 6 13 19 31
1998-99 United States WJC-A 6 3 7 10 4
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 19 51 70 78 +14 23 4 6 10 4
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 14 49 63 46 -1 25 5 9 14 24
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 10 38 48 36 -4
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 13 42 55 48 +17 24 3 9 12 2
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 14 56 70 70 +18 5 0 6 6 0
2004-05 United States W-Cup 5 1 3 4 0 +2
2004-05 Alaska Aces ECHL 61 13 73 86 69 +26 4 1 3 4 4
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 33 51 84 42 +8 9 5 4 9 6
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 1 4 5 10 -3
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 13 47 60 42 +7 11 4 10 14 14
2007-08 New York Rangers NHL 81 16 54 70 36 +3 10 4 7 11 8
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 77 16 42 58 60 -2 7 2 3 5 4
2009-10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 12 47 59 60 +1 19 2 12 14 25
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 7 31 38 48 -15 7 0 4 4 2
2011-12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 38 2 9 11 14 -9
2012-13 Alaska Aces ECHL 11 6 7 13 12 +4
2012-13 San Jose Sharks NHL 39 2 13 15 22 -10 9 0 2 2 6
NHL Totals 941 171 530 701 602 149 29 72 101 95


BCHL All-Rookie Team (1997)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1999)
NHL All-Rookie Team (2000)
Calder Memorial Trophy (2000)
ECHL First All-Star Team (2005) ECHL Leading Scorer (2005) ECHL MVP (2005) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000, 2008)
Signed as a free agent by Alaska (ECHL), October 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2007. Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers with Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto for Chris Higgins, Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko, June 30, 2009. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to upper body, groin and head ijuries. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Alaska (ECHL), September 28, 2012. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, January 23, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 31, 2013.