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The only site of its kind on the World Wide Web, THE LEGEND OF GAGNER chronicles the storied career of retired National Hockey League center Dave Gagner.

The Early Years | A Dream Fulfilled | Many Teams, A Single Mission | The People Speak Out | Dave At The Movies | Photo Gallery | Six Degrees of Dave Gagner | From The Archives | The Great Injustices | Gagner 2001 | About Us

"Why Dave Gagner?"

More often than not, we are asked that question by fellow journalists and curious hockey fans. Our response:

"Why not Dave Gagner?"

It's easy to marvel at stars like Jaromir Jagr or Wayne Gretzky. But great athletes cannot be measured by the number of championship rings they wear or by the number of scoring titles won. Nor can they be measured by the size of their trophy cabinets, for in the realm of team sports the truly great athletes must be measured by the size of their hearts.

In that regard, Dave Gagner is a champion for all times.

THE LEGEND OF GAGNER tells the story of this retired NHL player and will soon feature a comprehensive statistical database including year-by-year scoring summaries and transaction reports (courtesy of CBS Sportsline and the National Hockey League's Official Guide & Record Book), as well as photos, team-by-team capsules, an archive of newspaper stories, the "Six Degrees of Dave Gagner" game, and much more.

THE LEGEND OF GAGNER also features the keen insights of freelance sportswriter Adam Raider, a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA). Raider's exhaustive research has helped make THE LEGEND OF GAGNER a favorite of anyone who has ever thrilled to the exploits of the man from Chatham, Ontario.

Simply put, if you're a fan of Dave Gagner, this site is for you.

BORN: December 11, 1964, Chatham, Ontario.

POSITION: Center/Left wing


HEIGHT: 5'10"

WEIGHT: 188 lbs.

NHL CLUBS: New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks.

TRANSACTIONS: 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' Sixth Round choice (Dmitriy Yakushin) in 1996 Entry Draft for Benoit Hogue and Randy Wood, January 29, 1996. Traded to Calgary by Toronto for Calgary's Third Round choice (Mike Lankshear) in 1996 Entry 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 First Round choice in the 2000 Entry Draft for Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference, and Vancouver's 3rd round choice in the 2000 Entry Draft, January 17, 1999.

NOTABLE INJURIES: Fractured ankle (February 5, 1986); Underwent emergency appendectomy (December 1986); Broke kneecap (March 31, 1989); Underwent surgery to left knee cartilage (November 11, 1990); Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery (December 18, 1991) and missed one game; Hyperextended knee(March 17, 1992) and missed one game; Sprained shoulder (February 28, 1996) and missed three games; Suffered concussion (March 30, 1996) and missed three games; Strained abdomen (January 7, 1998) and missed four games.

CAREER RECORDS: Shares NHL single-game playoff record for most points in one period (4), April 8, 1991, first period.

MISCELLANEOUS: Failed to score on a penalty shot (vs. Bill Ranford, October 28, 1992; vs. Chris Osgood, April 1, 1995).

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