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For the Canadian/Swiss ice hockey player born 1956, see Jean Gagnon.

Jean Joseph "Black Cat" Gagnon (June 8, 1905 in Chicoutimi, Quebec – March 21, 1984) was a Canadian ice hockey forward.

Johnny Gagnon
Born (1905-06-08)June 8, 1905
Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Died March 21, 1984(1984-03-21) (aged 78)
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg; 10 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
New York Americans
Playing career 1923–1945

Johnny played in the National Hockey League from 1930 to 1940. During this time, he played for the New York Americans, Boston Bruins, and Montreal Canadiens. He also played for the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League. He won the Stanley Cup in 1931 with the Montreal Canadiens. Gagnon loved to tell the story of how, as a Canadiens "wanna-be," he filled his pockets with 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of rocks during a weigh-up and, having impressed Canadiens brass with his 150 lb (68 kg) weight, got a tryout with the team, who had formerly shunned him as being "too light for pro hockey." Gagnon was a modest sort who gave all the credit to his two superstar linemates, Howie Morenz and Aurel Joliat, claiming he'd simply pass them the puck, stand back, and get the assists.

After his retirement, he became a scout for the New York Rangers. He was in part responsible for the Rangers getting the great goaltender Eddie Giacomin, scouting him when he played for the American Hockey League's Providence Reds and becoming friends with Giacomin. He gave Rangers' general manager Emile Francis glowing reports on Giacomin, and finally Francis decided to see Giacomin play. Francis eventually obtained Giacomin for four players.

Gagnon died after a lengthy illness on March 21, 1984.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1922–23 Chicoutimi Bluets QPHL 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
1922–23 Quebec Bulldogs Big-4 3 0 0 0
1923–24 Trois-Rivieres Renards ECHL 9 2 0 2
1924–25 Trois-Rivieres Renards ECHL 16 18 0 18 2 5 0 5
1925–26 Quebec Sons of Ireland QAHA 10 5 0 5 6 4 0 4
1926–27 Quebec Castors Can-Am 32 27 6 33 54 2 0 0 0 5
1927–28 Providence Reds Can-Am 39 20 4 24 80
1928–29 Providence Reds Can-Am 39 7 3 10 50 6 4 0 4 10
1929–30 Providence Reds Can-Am 39 21 17 38 72 3 2 4 6 6
1930–31 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 18 7 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 Boston Bruins NHL 24 1 1 2 9
1934–35 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 1 5 6 2 2 0 1 1 2
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 10
1939–40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 4 5 9 0
1939–40 New York Americans NHL 24 4 3 7 0 1 1 0 1 0
1940–41 Shawinigan Cataracts QSHL 33 15 26 41 58 10 3 8 11 12
1941–42 North Sydney Victorias CBSHL 23 5 11 16 6 6 2 4 6 4
1942–43 Providence Reds AHL 50 9 10 19 12
1944–45 Providence Reds AHL 9 0 5 5 0
NHL totals 454 120 141 261 295 32 12 12 24 37

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