Scott Gomez is a local legend in Anchorage for good reason.
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Scott Gomez definitely earned a spot on the “nice” list this Christmas. The St. Louis forward gave back to his community of Anchorage, Alaska when his foundation helped save an Anchorage girls high school hockey program which was going to be cut two years ago due to a lack of funding.
Gomez provided necessary funds through his Scotty Gomez Foundation back in 2013 to keep girls high school hockey alive in Anchorage through the 2015 season. But with those funds nearly gone, the program was on the brink once again this year. That's when Dick's Sporting Goods stepped in with a sizable donation to the foundation to help Gomez keep the program alive through at least the 2018 season.
“I’m so excited that these girls get to keep playing,” Gomez said in a press release. “It was a tough situation to realize that these girls may not be able to take the ice next season after all we had done in the past to keep them playing. You never want to let anyone down, especially the people in your hometown.”
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The 35-year-old Gomez is nearing the end of his NHL career, but it is clear that his contributions have helped keep the possibility of a long hockey career alive for many teenagers in Alaska.