|Paul L. Gagne
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 2.6.62 Iroquois Falls, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7.28.88
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Gagne had a buttload of potential that wasn't realized in the NHL. Part of it, from what I've read, appeared to be
frustration from playing on a losing team. Another part also appeared to be joining the team at only 18 years old. One
might have to do with other, too, but that's just my speculation.
Injuries have also been the story of Gagne's career, but none bigger than a back injury that he suffered during the 85-86
season. He tried playing again after it healed, but hurt it worse in a game against the Rangers, and he ended up missing
not only the rest of the season, but he wouldn't play hockey for two more seasons after that.
After his rehab was complete, he signed on with the Toronto Maple Leafs to begin his comeback. He played a handful
of games with the parent club, but most of his games were with the AHL's Newmarket Saints. He would he traded to
the Islanders during the 89-90 season. I remember seeing him in a game or two with the Isles. Not very eventful.
After that, he would sign on to play in the DEL for two years, and finish his career in Switzerland, which ended in 2000,
putting up good numbers over there.
He took over as GM and coach of the Iroquois Falls Junior Eskies team immediately after retirement and has held both
positions since. The team has changed its name twice since his hiring: to the Abitibi Eskimos in 2002, and to the
Timmins Rock in 2015.
|Entry Draft: 1980 First Round Pick (19th overall) by the