The hockey season is over for Scott Gomez after the New Jersey Devils forward broke his pelvis Saturday night while playing in an ECHL playoff game.
Gomez, who hails from Anchorage, has skated with the ECHL's Alaska Aces during this season's NHL lockout.
Gomez, 25, was injured while trying to step off the ice during a shift change. Bakersfield Condors forward Ashlee Langdone blind-sided Gomez into the open gate.
Langdone received a five-minute boarding penalty on the play.
"I have no respect for him [Langdone]," Gomez told the Anchorage Daily News.
Aces coach Davis Payne also fumed over what he felt was an unfair hit.
"It's one thing to play that type of hockey, to finish your checks, to check hard, punch, slash and facewash people from behind," Payne told the Daily News. "But it's another thing to take a premium superstar who did everyone in the game of hockey a favour by coming here and hit him like that.
"It's absolutely disgraceful."
Gomez, a restricted free agent, is expected to take four to six weeks to rehabilitate. He will miss the remainder of the ECHL season.
In Gomez, the Aces lose a valuable NHL all-star who led the ECHL in scoring this season with 73 assists and 86 points.
Bakersfield won Saturday's playoff contest 4-3 in overtime to even the best-of-five series at two games apiece. The fifth and deciding game is Monday in Anchorage. The winner advances to the West Division final.
with files from Sports Network