The phone call wasn't expected, but it was one Scott Gomez hoped would come.

When New York Islanders coach Doug Weight was beginning to fill out his staff following last season, he called Gomez to pick his brain about the growing trend of players working with individual skills coaches. Weight knew that Gomez, who retired in 2016 after 16 seasons in the League, worked with former NHL coach and assistant Adam Oates late in his playing career, so he'd have some insight.

After talking about that, they started discussing power plays and Gomez's views on running a team. That lengthy phone call led to two more conversations and, eventually, an offer for Gomez to join the Islanders as an assistant.

"He just showed this passion for wanting to get in the game and wanting to coach," Weight said. "I didn't really know he wanted to do that."

When Gomez broke into the NHL and won the Calder Trophy and Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000, he never thought he'd get into coaching. But during his final few seasons as a player, the idea started to appeal to him.

Gomez didn't expect to get an opportunity so soon after he retired, though. He worked last season as an in-studio analyst for NBC Sports Network and NHL Network, and his future appeared to be in broadcasting. Then, Weight called.

"When I was younger, I just thought that [playing] would be it," Gomez said. "Then you retire and the advice is, 'Don't retire, play as long as you can.' The TV gig was neat, but I think this is my calling."