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Gomez, Thompson, Crabb sign with ECHL Alaska

Friday, 09.28.2012 / 2:58 PM / News

NHL.com

Anchorage natives Scott Gomez, Nate Thompson and Joey Crabb were on the ice Friday after signing contracts with the ECHL Alaska Aces.

Gomez, of the Montreal Canadiens, and Thompson, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, signed professional tryout agreements, according to the Aces' website. Crabb, who signed with the Washington Capitals this summer, signed a standard professional contract.

Gomez, 32, won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2000 and was a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the New Jersey Devils. His 686 points are the most by any NHL player born in Alaska. Gomez also played for the Aces during the 2004-05 work stoppage.

Crabb, 29, had a career-high 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. Thompson, 27, had nine goals and 15 points in 68 games for the Lightning.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round