Here it is, Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska, built in 1983, which means Scott Gomez, born in December of 1979, began honing his craft here as a youngster. This is where he shot and scored and fought and went into corners, often smiling.
It was here where he, as a young buck, shot rolls of tape in corridors, got his skates sharpened, maybe went public skating and held hands with girls, and where he certainly dreamed of someday playing in the National Hockey League. It was here where he’d tell his buddies at the hot dog stand that someday he was going to play for the Montreal Canadiens and make 7 or 8 million dollars a year, and they laughed.
It was in this hallowed sanctuary where coaches and scouts drooled at the young fellow as he filled the nets with pucks every night.
I guess the blame starts with Sullivan Arena.