2006-07 SEASON: Appeared in 72 games with New Jersey, registering 13 goals and 47 assists for 60 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 42 penalty minutes … Tied for second on team with 47 assists … Led the team with 15 multi-point games, including two, three-point efforts … Led the Devils in faceoff percentage (52.2%), ranked first among team forwards in average icetime (18:55) and placed second on the club with a career-high 248 shots on goal … Tallied a goal on Mar.28, moving past Bruce Driver for sixth place on the Devils’all-time scoring list … Skated in his 500th career NHL game on Dec. 17 at NY Rangers … Registered a season-high, six-game scoring streak from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9, registering seven assists over the span … Missed from Oct.28 to Nov.18 with a groin injury … Reached the 400-point mark with a goal on Oct.19 vs.Nashville … Appeared in 11 post season games, registering four goals and 10 assists for 14 points … Led the Devils with 10 assists and 14 points in the post-season … His 10 assists tied for sixth among all players in the playoffs … Recorded five multi-point games … Tallied nine points (two goals and seven assists) in six games vs. Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals … Tied a team record with seven assists in the series vs. Tampa Bay … Notched his first career overtime goal in the playoffs on Apr. 18 at Tampa Bay … Posted a five-game point scoring streak from Apr.18 at Tampa Bay to Apr. 28 vs. Ottawa (two goals and seven assists) … Registered five points (two goals and seven assists) in five games vs. Ottawa in the Eastern Conference Semifinals … Notched two goals on May 5 vs.Ottawa.
2005-06 SEASON: Appeared in all 82 games, registering 33 goals and 51 assists for 84 points, along with 46 penalty minutes … Established career-highs in goals (33) and points (84) … Ranked second on team in scoring with 84 points … Tied for the club lead with a career-high 26 multipoint games … Named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 9; Posted four goals and four assists in three games … Scored his 100th career NHL goal on Apr. 8 at Montreal … Recorded his second career hat trick on Dec. 31 vs.Toronto; Effort included first career penalty shot goal … Posted a franchise-record five straight goals from Dec.29 at Pittsburgh to Dec.31 vs.Toronto … Set a Devils record by recording a point on eight straight team goals from Dec.28 to Jan.3 (five goals and three assists) … Posted a career-high, 10-game scoring streak from Dec. 28 to Jan. 17, registering eight goals and 11 assists over the span … Skated in his 400th career NHL game on Oct. 18 vs. Florida … Ranked third on club with nine points in the playoffs … Led team with three goals in the second-round series vs.Carolina.
2004-05 SEASON: Appeared in 61 games for the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), registering 13 goals and 73 assists for 86 points, along with 69 penalty minutes … Led league with 73 assists and 86 points …Named ECHL Most Valuable Player and selected to the ECHL’s First All-Star Team … Skated in four playoff games, tallying one goal and three assists for four points, along with four penalty minutes … Missed remainder of the postseason after suffering a hairline fracture in the pelvic area.
2003-04 SEASON: Appeared in 80 games, tallying 14 goals and a career-high 56 assists for 70
points, along with 70 penalty minutes … Led the Devils and tied for first in the league with 56 assists … Ranked second on the team with 70 points … Posted a career-high plus-18 mark…Was the league’s leading scorer with nine goals and 23 assists for 41 points in 29 games after All-Star Break … Named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Month for March, posting six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 16 games … Recorded his 300th career NHL point with an assist on Mar. 28 vs. NY Islanders … Became the first player in Devils’history to score two five-point games in a single season on Mar. 3 (one goal and four assists) at Florida and Feb. 21 (two goals and three assists) at NY Rangers … Appeared in five postseason games, registering six assists … Led the Devils in scoring with six assists.
2002-03 SEASON: Appeared in 80 games, tallying 13 goals and 42 assists for 55 points, along with 48 penalty minutes … Led the club with 42 assists … Tied for second on team with 55 points … Recorded 11 multi-point games, including one five-point game and one three-point game … Tallied a career-high, five assists on Mar. 30 vs. NY Islanders … Recorded his 200th career NHL point with a goal on Dec. 23 at NY Rangers … Skated in 24 playoff games, notching three goals and nine assists for 12 points, helping lead the Devils to the Stanley Cup Championship and second of his career.
2001-02 SEASON: Appeared in 76 games, registering 10 goals and 38 assists for 48 points … Played in first 76 games of season to run personal consecutive appearance streak to 94 games since Mar. 4, 2001 … Missed remainder of season after suffering two displaced fractures in his left hand on Apr.1 at NY Islanders … Skated in his 200th career NHL game on Jan.9 vs.Calgary.
2000-01 SEASON: Appeared in 76 games, registering 14 goals and 49 assists for 63 points,along with 46 penalty minutes … Skated in first 58 games of the year, setting a Devils’ record for most consecutive games played to start a career; Missed the next six contests after suffering a back injury on Feb. 17 at Buffalo … Ranked fourth on the team with 63 points and second with 49 assists … Recorded his 100th career NHL point with the first of three assists on Jan.13 vs. Toronto … Posted his first career overtime goal on Nov.16 at Boston … Appeared in 25 playoff games, collection five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with 24 penalty minutes, helping lead the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals.
1999-2000 SEASON: Skated in all 82 games as a rookie, notching 19 goals and 51 assists for 70 points, along with 78 penalty minutes … Became the second Devils player to receive the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie (Martin Brodeur) … One of just eight players to win Calder Trophy and Stanley Cup in same season … Named to NHL All-Rookie team … Ranked second on the team and first among rookies with 70 points … Led New Jersey and NHL rookies with 51 assists and 27 power play points … Established a Devils’ rookie record for assists in a season (51) … Recorded his first career hat trick on Dec. 26 at NY Rangers; At 20 years and three days, became youngest player in club history to score a hat trick (Brendan Shanahan, 20 years, 21 days) … Represented North America at the NHL All-Star Game … Appeared in 23 playoff games, notching four goals and six assists for 10 points, along with four penalty minutes, helping lead New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Championship … Tied for first in postseason scoring among rookies;Became just the third player in expansion era to be first in rookie scoring during regular reason and playoffs.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Represented Team USA at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, appearing in six games, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 10 penalty minutes … Tied for the team lead (Craig Conroy) in scoring with five points … Skated in five games, tallying one goal and three assists for four points at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey … Has made two appearances for the United States (1997 and 1998) in the World Junior Championships, skating in 13 games, registering four goals and seven assists for 11 points, along with six penalty minutes.
JUNIOR CAREER: Skated in 159 career games with the South Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 90 goals and 191 assists for 281 points, along with 206 penalty minutes.1996-97: Appeared in 56 games with South Surrey (BCHL), registering 48 goals and 76 assists for 124 points, along with 94 penalty minutes … Named BCHL Co-Rookie of the Year … Member of the BCHL All-Rookie Team … Skated in 21 playoff games, tallying 18 goals 23 assists for 41 points, along with 57 penalty minutes, leading his team to the Royal Bank Cup Finals. 1997-98: Skated in 45 games with Tri-City (WHL), tallying 12 goals and 37 assists for 49 points, along with 57 penalty minutes … Ranked third on the team in scoring with 49 points …Led the team in assists (37).1998-99:Appeared in 58 games with Tri-City, notching 30 goals and 78 assists for 108 points, along with 55 penalty minutes … Led the team with 78 assists and ranked second on the team in scoring with 108 points … Named to the WHL West First All-Star Team … Skated in 10 playoff games, registering six goals and 13 assists for 19 points, along with 31 penalty minutes.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 27, 1998 – New Jersey’s first round choice, 27th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. July 1, 2007 – Signed with the Rangers as a free agent.
BACKGROUND: First-ever Hispanic player drafted in first round and 18th Alaskan ever drafted … A Padres fan, he lists #19 Tony Gwynn as his favorite baseball player… Brought Stanley Cup to his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, where Gov.Frank H.Murkowski declared July 15, 2003 as Scott Gomez Day … Voted one of America’s top 50 bachelors in 2001 by People Magazine … Named
greatest athlete from Alaska in 2004 Sports Illustrated poll … Single.
LONGEST POINT STREAK: 10, 12/11 to 1/17/06 (eight goals and 11 assists)
LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 3, (four times), last – 4/5 to 4/9/06 (three goals)
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 7, 11/5 to 11/17/07 (10 assists)
MOST GOALS, GAME: 3, (twice), last – Dec. 31, 2005 vs. Tor. (Belfour)
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 5, Mar. 30, 2003 vs. NYI
MOST POINTS, GAME: 5, (three times), last – Mar.3, 2004 at Fla.
MOST PIM, GAME: 24, Oct. 19, 2002 at Car.
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 10, Jan. 8, 2000 vs. Pho.
FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 2, 1999 at Atl.
FIRST NHL GOAL: Oct. 16, 1999 vs. NYI (Potvin)