There’s some mighty fine jobs in this big old world of ours. Playboy photographer comes to mind. George Clooney seems to have a good thing going. Hugh Hefner has had the best job in the world for about 50 years. Being in the Rolling Stones sounds like fun.
Scott Gomez has a great job too. Take the puck and skate like mad up the middle, then either pass it off, dump it in, or lose it to the opposition. All for eight million dollars a season.
Last year he passed it off, dumped it in, and lost it to the opposition over a period of 97 regular season and playoff games, grabbing 73 points in the process, which works out to $109,589 a point. Each measly point more than a hundred g’s.
That’s a good job.
I saw Scott Gomez play when he was a star forward for the South Surrey Eagles of the Tier 2 junior British Columbia Hockey League in the late 1990′s. The Eagles came to Powell River to take on the Powell River Kings and two things stand out from this Gomez experience - a group of fans heckled him so much early on he went over and started yelling at them, which of course made them heckle even more. And at about the five minute mark of the first period, Gomez got into a fight and was thrown out of the game.
But I did see him take the puck a couple of times, skate like mad up the middle, pass it off, dump it in, and lose it to the opposition.
But at that time, he was doing it for about ten bucks a point, not $109, 589.