NEW YORK – The New York Rangers of the National Hockey League announced that they signed Scott Gomez, who was named Most Valuable Player after leading the ECHL in scoring while playing for the Alaska Aces in his hometown of Anchorage during the NHL lockout in 2004-05.
The Charlotte Checkers are the ECHL affiliate of the Rangers of the NHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
ECHL coaches named Gomez the ECHL Most Valuable Player and First Team All-ECHL after he led the league with 86 points and 73 assists in 61 games. He had 26 multiple-point games and tied the team record for points in a game with five points on January 5 and 8. He had 22 multiple-assist games, including five assists on January 5 and 8 which set the team record and tied the ECHL season best for assists in a game.
The 2000 NHL Rookie of the Year, Gomez helped Alaska finish first in the West Division and first in the National Conference at 45-19-8. The Aces set team records for wins (45), points (98), road wins (23), consecutive wins (6) and consecutive road wins (5) while tying the team record for home wins (22) and consecutive home wins (4).
Gomez had scored four points (1g-3a) in the Kelly Cup Playoffs before leaving Game 4 of the West Division Semifinals with an injury.
Gomez was one of 10 players who played all or most of their games in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 who played in the ECHL in 2004-05.
In addition to Gomez, the ECHL had Jon “Bates” Battaglia (Mississippi, Colorado and Washington), Curtis Brown (San Diego, Buffalo and San Jose), Eric Boulton (Columbia and Buffalo), Shane Hnidy (Florida, Nashville and Ottawa), Bill Lindsay (Long Beach and Atlanta), Dale Purinton (Victoria and New York Rangers), Phil Sauve (Mississippi and Colorado), Mark Smith (Victoria and San Jose) and Jeremy Stevenson (South Carolina, Minnesota and Nashville).