Scott Gomez, First Latinx in the National Hockey League

Happy Birthday to Scott Gomez, the first Latinx player in the National Hockey League.  Gomez’s paternal grandparents were from Mexico; Gomez was born in Anchorage, Alaska, to a hockey loving papi who encouraged his son’s athleticism.  Gomez earned recognition as rookie of the year at age 20, and has since played professionally for the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadians, and the San Jose Sharks. Gomez said of his heritage, “I’m Mexican-Colombian, and I take pride in it. I take as much pride being from Alaska. But if an Hispanic kid sees what I’m doing and it makes him feel good, then that’s what it’s all about.”  (Image from
Feliz cumpleaños a Scott Gomez, el primer jugador latino en la Liga Nacional de Hockey. Los abuelos paternos de Gómez eran de México; Gómez nació en Anchorage, Alaska, de un papi amante del hockey que alentó el atletismo de su hijo. Gomez ganó el reconocimiento como novato del año a los 20 años y desde entonces ha jugado profesionalmente para los New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadians y San Jose Sharks. Gómez dijo de su herencia: “Soy mexicano-colombiano, y me enorgullezco de ello. Me enorgullece mucho ser de Alaska. Pero si un niño hispano ve lo que estoy haciendo y lo hace sentir bien, entonces eso es de qué se trata “. (Imagen de

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