MONTREAL – Winning the Stanley Cup changes any player who has the chance to hoist it in his lifetime, but can it open a whole new world of opportunities as well? Little known T.V. stars Scott Gomez
and Travis Moen
have learned the answer first-hand.
While most of the players from the 2008-09 edition of the Canadiens will be making their silver screen debuts this December thanks to the feature film “Pour toujours…les Canadiens
”, two of the team’s newest additions have already had their names in the IMDB.com credits for years.
A few months after helping the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 2000, Gomez got the call to make the next logical step in his young career – as a small screen heartthrob. Invited to make a cameo on the long-running ABC soap opera One Life to Live
, Gomez was game to see if his skills on set were as captivating as his moves with the puck.
“I was playing a flight attendant,” recalled Gomez of the August 31, 2000 episode. “I was supposed to be flirting with one of the passengers on the plane. I had three lines to say: ‘Where are you heading?’ ‘Have a good flight!’ and… I actually can’t even remember the third one. I’m not sure it was what the result they were hoping for!”
For his part, Moen’s foray into the world of acting came during the April 14, 2008 episode of CTV’s Corner Gas
, which also happens to shoot in his native Saskatchewan.
“I know the director pretty well and she contacted me to see if I was interested,” explained Moen of his walk-on role on the small-town Canadian comedy. “I was a big fan of the show so I said yes right away. It was a pretty cool experience to be a part of.”
Luckily for Habs fans, Moen’s brief taste of the limelight won’t have him quitting his day job anytime soon, whether it’s as a gritty hockey player during the winter months or working on the family farm in the offseason.
“Acting is actually a really tough thing to do,” confirmed the rugged Canadiens winger. “You spend an entire day shooting just to say four lines. It’s definitely harder to be a comedian than to work on the farm or play hockey, that’s for sure. Corner Gas may have been my acting debut, but it was probably my big finale, too.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.comSee also:The Paul Mara Advantage Getting to know Travis Moen Getting to know Brian Gionta Hit the links with Mike Cammalleri Getting to know Scott Gomez Welcome to Montreal! Offseason tracker