Dave Gagner

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Dave Gagner
Born (1964-12-11) December 11, 1964 (age 50)
Chatham, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers (19841987)
Minnesota North Stars (19871993)
Dallas Stars (19931996)
Toronto Maple Leafs (1996)
Calgary Flames (1996–1997)
Florida Panthers (19971999)
Vancouver Canucks (1999)
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1983
New York Rangers
Playing career 1984–1999

David Rene Gagner (born December 11, 1964) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current Director of Player Development for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Dave Gagner spent two full seasons with the OHL's Brantford Alexanders. In 1982-83 he registered 55 goals and 121 points in 70 games, catching the attention of NHL scouts. The same season he was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team.

He was selected in the first round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft (12th overall) by the New York Rangers and bounced back and forth between New York and their American Hockey League farm team, the New Haven Nighthawks over the next several seasons. He remained with the Rangers' organization until 1987 but was never able to completely get over the hump and earn a full-time roster spot, largely due to his being considered too small for an NHL forward.

His career took off when he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1987. Though initially spending time with Minnesota's farm team in Kalamazoo, Gagner broke out in 1989–90 with 40 goals and was in the NHL to stay. In his best season (1990–91), Gagner recorded 82 points in 73 games. He remained with the Stars when they moved to Dallas, until he was traded to Toronto on January 29, 1996. His stay in Toronto would last only 28 games before he was again traded, this time to Calgary, where he would spend the entire 1996–97 season, scoring a very respectable 27 goals and 60 points in 82 games.

In the summer of 1997 Gagner was on the move again, signing a free agent contract with the Florida Panthers. Gagner would spend a season and a half in Florida before being involved in a blockbuster trade on January 17, 1999. Gagner, along with Ed Jovanovski, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Florida's 1st round choice (Nathan Smith) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft were dealt to Vancouver in exchange for superstar Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (Robert Fried) 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Gagner would finish the 1998–99 season with the Canucks before officially announcing his retirement on September 9, 1999, after 15 years in the NHL. He finished with 719 points in 946 NHL regular season games.

Post-playing career[edit]

In March, 2000, Gagner founded Custom Ice Inc., a company that manufactures permanent and portable ice skating rinks.

In August, 2006, it was announced that Gagner would serve as assistant coach of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League; his son, Sam, also played for the team and currently plays for the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. His daughter, Jessica Gagner plays hockey for the Dartmouth Big Green women's ice hockey program.[1] Dave spent the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons with the Knights, and also opened a training centre in London to work with young prospects.

In June, 2008, Gagner's former agent Mike Gillis, who had recently been named General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks, hired Gagner as the team's Director of Player Development, a position he holds to this day. Gagner replaced Canucks' legend Stan Smyl, who had been named the team's new Director of Collegiate Scouting.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Brantford Alexanders OHL 68 30 46 76 31 11 3 6 9 6
1982–83 Brantford Alexanders OHL 70 55 66 121 57 8 5 5 10 4
1983–84 Brantford Alexanders OHL 12 7 13 20 4 6 0 4 4 6
1983–84 Canada Nat-Tm 50 19 18 37 26
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 38 6 6 12 16
1984–85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 38 13 20 33 23
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 32 4 6 10 19
1985–86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 16 10 11 21 11 4 1 2 3 2
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL 10 1 4 5 12
1986–87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 56 22 41 63 50 7 1 5 6 18
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 51 8 11 19 55
1987–88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 14 16 10 26 26
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 35 43 78 104
1988–89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 1 0 1 1 4
1989–90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 40 38 78 54 7 2 3 5 16
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 40 42 82 114 23 12 15 27 28
1991–92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 31 40 71 107 7 2 4 6 8
1992–93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 84 33 43 76 143
1993–94 Dallas Stars NHL 76 32 29 61 83 9 5 1 6 2
1994–95 Dallas Stars NHL 48 14 28 42 42 5 1 1 2 4
1995–96 Dallas Stars NHL 45 14 13 27 44
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 7 15 22 59 6 0 2 2 6
1996–97 Calgary Flames NHL 82 27 33 60 48
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 78 20 28 48 55
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 36 4 10 14 39
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 2 12 14 24
NHL totals 946 318 401 719 1018 57 22 26 48 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jessica Gagner Bio - Official web site of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics". Dartmouthsports.com. 1991-05-07. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chris Kontos
New York Rangers first round draft pick
1982
Succeeded by
Terry Carkner