Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Gagner
Dave Gagner came up through the Chatham minor hockey system before joining the Brantford Alexanders for two full seasons. In 1982-83 he had a great offensive season, scoring 55 goals and 121 points in 70 games.

That summer Gagner was selected by the New York Rangers in the first round, 12th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. In 1983-84 he devoted himself to playing for the Canadian National Team, suiting up for 50 games and also playing in the 1984 World Championships. Gagner then lived out a dream by playing for Canada at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, and although the team failed to medal, he always regarded it as one of the main highlights of his hockey career.

In 1984-85 Gagner began his pro career playing 38 games with the New York Rangers, scoring six goals and 12 points. He remained with the Rangers' organization for another two years but never was able to completely get over the hump and earn a full-time roster spot. The bigger, stronger players in the NHL posed a noticeable problem for players such as Gagner, who relied on speed to combat a lack of size. But in the NHL most players had both size and speed.

Gagner was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in October, 1987 hoping to revitalize his sagging career. He seemed to like the Stars offensive system much more and managed to surpass the 30-goal plateau in each of the five full seasons he was with the team. He also had two 40-goal seasons with his best year coming in 1990-91 when he had 40 goals and 82 points. That was also the year the North Stars advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Gagner was an offensive juggernaut throughout the playoffs for Minnesota, collecting 27 points in 23 games.

Gagner remained with the North Stars in Minnesota until the club moved to Dallas and he remained with the team for three more years in Texas. Midway through the 1995-96 campaign he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he was there for just 28 games before they shipped him off to Calgary. He played the entire 1996-97 season with the Flames and had a solid 60-point season

In the summer of 1997, Gagner signed a free-agent pact with the Florida Panthers where he played for a little over a year before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks midway through the 1998-99 season. He finished out the year and then announced his retirement after 15 years in the NHL


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Chatham Maroons ON-Jr.B 6 1 0 1 0
1980-81 Newmarket Flyers ON-Jr.A 41 33 55 88 42
1981-82 Brampton Battalion 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
1983-84 Canada WJC-A 7 4 2 6 4
1983-84 Canada Olympics 7 5 2 7 6
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 38 6 6 12 16 -16
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 38 13 20 33 23
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 32 4 6 10 19 +1
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 -1
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 -14
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 14 16 10 26 26
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 35 43 78 104 +13
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 1 0 1 1 4
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 40 38 78 54 -1 7 2 3 5 16
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 40 42 82 114 +9 23 12 15 27 28
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 31 40 71 107 -4 7 2 4 6 8
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 84 33 43 76 143 -13
1992-93 Canada WC-A 8 3 1 4 6
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 76 32 29 61 83 +13 9 5 1 6 2
1994-95 HC Courmaosta Italy 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 HC Courmaosta EuroHL 1 0 4 4 0
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 48 14 28 42 42 +2 5 1 1 2 4
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 45 14 13 27 44 -17
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 7 15 22 59 -2 6 0 2 2 6
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 82 27 33 60 48 +2
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 78 20 28 48 55 -21
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 36 4 10 14 39 -7
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 2 12 14 24 -9
NHL Totals 946 318 401 719 1018 57 22 26 48 64


OHL Second All-Star Team (1983) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991) Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Jay Caufield for Jari Gronstrand and Paul Boutilier, October 8, 1987. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to Toronto by Dallas with Dallas' 6th round pick (Dmitri Yakushin) in 1996 NHL Draft for Benoit Hogue and Randy Wood, January 29, 1996. Traded to Calgary by Toronto for Calgary's 3rd round pick (Mike Lankshear) in 1996 NHL Draft, June 22, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 12, 1997. Traded to Vancouver by Florida with Ed Jovanovski, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Florida's 1st round pick (Nathan Smith) in 2000 NHL Draft for Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and Vancouver's 3rd round pick (Robert Fried) in 2000 NHL Draft, January 17, 1999.
Officially announced retirement, September 9, 1999.
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