Director, Player Development
Gagner joined the club as Director, Player Development on June 19, 2008 and is responsible for working with Vancouver’s drafted and young players to assist in their continued growth as professionals.
Gagner spent the previous two years as an Assistant Coach with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. In addition to his work with the Knights, Gagner built his own player development centre in London to assist players from minor and college hockey in taking the next step in their careers. Gagner’s son Sam was the sixth overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.
The Chatham, Ontario, native played 946 NHL regular season games with seven teams including the Canucks in 1998-99. In 946 games over 15 seasons, Gagner recorded 719 points (318-401-719) and 1,016 penalty minutes. Gagner was the 12th overall selection in the first round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.