Jean Joseph “Johnny” Gagnon

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Born June 8, 1905 in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Height: 5’5”  Weight: 150 bs

A “Class of 1963” charter inductee, sharp-shooting speedster Johnny Gagnon spent five seasons with Providence - 1927 through 1930, 1942-1943 and 1944-1945, scoring 57 goals and 39 assists in 176 games.

One of 11 children and brought up in poverty, neither of his parents was enthused with his passion for the game. Indeed, his father would break his sticks whenever he caught him playing. At age 18, he left home to seek out his dream. His first club paid him the handsome sum of $10 a week, $8 of which went for room and board. The rest is history.

Under contract with Montreal, he played brilliantly in an exhibition game in Providence in 1927. An impressed Reds management arranged with the Canadiens to loan him to Providence. The “Black Cat” as he was nicknamed, was a catalyst of the Reds’ 1929 Fontaine Cup championship team. The following year, he helped win the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL.

He was a veteran of 10 NHL seasons that ended in 1940. Over the course of his NHL career, Gagnon tallied 261 points, with 120 goals and 295 PIMs in a total of 454 games. After his playing career, he scouted for 13 seasons for the Reds followed by 14 more with the NY Rangers, discovering a host of talented players.

PLAYING STATISTICS

 

REGULAR SEASON

PLAYOFFS

Season

Team

Lge

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

1926-27

Quebec Beavers

CAHL

32 27 6 33 54  
1927-28

Providence Reds

CAHL

39 20 4 24 85  
1928-29

Providence Reds

CAHL

39 7 3 10 48            
1929-30 Providence Reds

CAHL

39 21 17 38 72            
1930-31 Montreal Canadiens

NHL

41 18 1 25 43   10 6 2 8 8
1931-32 Montreal Canadiens

NHL

48 19 18 37 40   4 1 1 2 4
1932-33 Montreal Canadiens

NHL

48 12 23 35 64   2 0 2 2 0
1933-34 Montreal Canadiens

NHL

48 9 15 24 25   2 1 0 1 2
1934-35 Montreal Canadiens

NHL

23 1 5 6 2   2 0 1 1 2
1934-35 Boston Bruins

NHL

24 1 1 2 9            
1935-36 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 7 9 16 42            
1936-37 Montreal Canadiens

NHL

48 20 16 36 38   5 2 1 3 9
1937-38 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 13 17 30 9   3 1 3 4 2
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 12 22 34 23   3 0 2 2 20
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 4 5 9 0            
1939-40 New York Americans NHL 24 4 3 7 0   3 1 0 1 0
1943-44 Providence Reds AHL 50 9 10 19 12            
1944-45 Providence Reds AHL 9 0 5 5 0            

COACHING STATISTICS

Season

Team

Lge

Type

GP

W

L

T

OTL

Pct

Result

1947-48

Rhode Island Scarlets

AtHL

Head

10

5

3

0

0

0.600

Jean Joseph “Johnny” Gagnon
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