The Alaska Aces have announced the signing of forward Scott Gomez during the NHL lockout.
This will be the Alaskan's second tour of duty with his hometown ECHL team. He previously skated for the Aces during the 2004-05 season as well, capturing league MVP honors with 13 goals and 73 assists in 61 games.
Gomez, now 32, is a veteran of more than 900 career NHL games and has registered 686 points on 169 goals and 517 assists. In 2000, he won the Calder Trophy as league rookie of the year, the same year he won the first of his two Stanley Cups as a member of the New Jersey Devils.
Gomez is currently on the Montreal Canadiens and joins fellow Alaskan-born NHL players Nate Thompson, Brandon Dubinsky, and Joey Crabb who have all decided to play for the Aces while the work stoppage continues.
Gomez will make his season debut when the Aces return from their road trip next week.