4th Annual Afognak Youth Charity Golf Tournament
This year, Afognak welcomes celebrity hockey player Scott Gomez.
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Inductee • World Cup of Hockey Winner
Two-time Stanley Cup Winner • NHL All-Star
Scott Gomez grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, playing for East High School and the Alaska All-Stars. In the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected with the 27th pick of the first round by the New Jersey Devils. At the time, he was playing for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL and had just been named to the WHL’s All-Rookie Team. In the season after he was drafted, he justified the Devils’ decision by scoring 108 points in 58 games for the Americans. This earned him a spot on the WHL West First All-Star Team.
After this impressive WHL performance, Gomez was brought to New Jersey for the 1999-2000 NHL season, making him the first Alaskan-born player to play in the NHL. In his rookie NHL season he had 51 assists and 70 points for the Devils. For his efforts, he was awarded the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie and played in the NHL All-Star Game. Gomez scored 10 points in the 2000 NHL playoffs as the Devils won their second Stanley Cup.
The two-time All-Star concluded his professional hockey career in 2016 with 181 goals, 575 assists, 756 points in 1,079 regular-season games with seven teams. With that legacy, the NHL Network was quick to offer him a position as a broadcaster to provide his insight on air.
Gomez will also continue his philanthropic efforts in his home state of Alaska through the Scotty Gomez Foundation and other organizations. In 2007, the Scotty Gomez Foundation was founded to raise funds and makes grants to provide hockey opportunities for youth in Anchorage who may not otherwise be able to experience the game and its values and discipline.
The Foundation Board members believe that the value of hockey is far more than playing the game: it assists youth in mastering teamwork, discipline, timeliness, and the drive to succeed. The Foundation relies entirely on the efforts of its volunteer five-member Board, and has never hired staff or contractors to manage its operations. Carlos Gomez, Scotty’s father, supports the Foundation full-time, managing fundraising and running the Foundation’s programs.
Quyanaa Scotty for your legacy of contributions to youth in Alaska! We look forward to welcoming you on the greens at the 4th Annual Afognak Youth Charity Golf Tournament on June 27th at Anchorage Golf Course.