In the end Scott Gomez’ options were limited. Extremely limited. So after nearly two months of denial he is going to start playing for his hometown Alaska Aces of the ECHL whe the team returns home from a road trip next Wednesday.
Gomez attended Aces training camp under what they call a “professional tryout contract” but made it clear he had no intention of playing for the team once the season started. While Gomez remained on the sidelines, NHLer’s and Anchorage natives Brandon Dubinsky, Nate Thompson, and Joey Crabb started the season with the club.
Gomez hung around, helping out with the team’s power play and doing some colour work on the team’s broadcasts. He is currently with the team on it’s current road trip at his own expense. Gomez is expected to make his debut next Wednesday at home in Anchorage.
At one point ten days ago he inquired about playing for EHC Red Bull in Munich Germany. While expressing some interest Munich eventually settled on Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler.
Gomez played for the Aces during the 2004 lockout leading the ECHL in scoring with 13-73–86 totals in 61 games and was named ECHL MVP.