Scott Gomez retires from NHL after 16 seasons
2-time Stanley Cup champion with Devils was top rookie in 2000
Staying home in his native Alaska became more attractive to Scott Gomez than pursing a one-year contract at age 36 that probably would include little ice time.
The veteran NHL centre told the Alaska Dispatch News he is hanging up his skates after 1,079 regular-season games, two Stanley Cup titles, an Olympic appearance and Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 2000.
"It's so weird to think I'm never going to play hockey again," said Gomez, who ended his NHL career with a 13-game stint for the Ottawa Senators. "There will never be that feeling again. … I'm done."
Congrats Gomer on a great career. Scott Gomez is the ultimate teammate. Best wishes from the Tootoo family <a href="https://t.co/zvuJLGN82O">pic.twitter.com/zvuJLGN82O</a>—@Jtootoo22
Gomez signed a one-year deal with the Senators in March worth $575,000 US and had one assist and minus-3 rating. He had eight points in 21 contests for St. Louis early last season before the Blues released him.
New Jersey drafted the five-foot-11, 200-pound centre 27th overall in 1998 and he played seven seasons with the Devils before spending time with the New York Rangers, Montreal, San Jose and Florida.
Gomez's most productive campaign was 2005-06 when he had career highs in goals (33), assists (51) and points (84) with New Jersey. He had earlier won two Cups with the Devils in 2000 and 2003.
Gomez played all 82 regular-season contests as a rookie, collecting 19 goals and 70 points in a season that ended with Jason Arnott's overtime goal to give the Devils their second Cup.
The Anchorage native finishes his NHL career with 181 goals, 575 assists, 756 points and a little more than $63 million in earnings.