02/13/2014 8:17 AM
Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant present: Throwback Thursday: Sean Gagnon
Sean Gagnon played two seasons with the Springfield Falcons from 1997-1999 and, in 122 games, totaled 661 penalty minutes, ranking second in franchise history behind only Rob Murray.
Gagnon joined the Falcons after spending the 1996-97 season with the International Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets, where he set a single-season career high with 457 penalty minutes. The 1997-98 campaign with Springfield was his first American Hockey League action, and Gagnon registered 17 points (four goals, 13 assists), 330 penalty minutes and a +1 rating. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native also made his NHL debut in 1997-98, appearing in five games with the Phoenix Coyotes and recorded an assist, 14 penalty minutes and a +1 rating.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman returned to Springfield in 1998-99, amassing 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists), 331 penalty minutes and a +7 rating. Gagnon again was called up by the Coyotes, making two appearances and recording seven penalty minutes and a -2 rating with the NHL club.
Gagnon played in five playoff games over the two seasons with the Falcons, but the team did not advance past the first round either year.
After the 1998-99 season, Gagnon went overseas to play in Finland’s SM-liiga with Jokerit Helsinki. A journeyman for the rest of his professional career, he played for 10 teams in eight season after leaving Springfield, including five games with NHL’s Ottawa Senators in 2000-01, as well as with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, San Antonio Rampage, Utah Grizzlies and St. John’s Maple Leafs. Gagnon also played for the IHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and the UHL’s Flint Generals, as well as overseas with Russia’s Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik and Germany’s Lausitzer Foxes.