Three NHL players join the ECHL's Alaska Aces for training camp on Friday, as the team has announced the signing of Scott Gomez, Joey Crabb and Nate Thompson as the NHL lockout continues.
Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez, an Alaskan-born hockey player, would be in his tenth NHL season, with 169 goals and 686 points in 902 career games. Gomez has struggled the past two seasons, scoring just nine goals in 118 regular season games with the Canadiens since 2011. The forward played for the Aces during the 2004-05 lockout, scoring 13 goals and putting up 73 assists in just 61 games.
Joey Crabb, who signed with the Washington Capitals as a free agent in 2012, has played in 144 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Drafted in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, Crabb made his NHL debut for the Thrashers in 2009.
Thompson has played in 265 games in the NHL after being drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2003. He has played the past two full seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, with 29 goals and 35 points in 147 games those two years.