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The Roast of Joaquin Gage

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Who is Joaquin Gage?

Joaquin Gage is part of the one-tenth of one percent of Canadian hockey players to make it from minor hockey to the National Hockey League.  It’s an exclusive group but we’re still going to make fun of him.

 

After growing up in a city with no outdoor ice, Vancouver, BC, “Gager” moved to Portland to enjoy it’s marijuana culture (probably) and play for it’s junior hockey team, The Portland Winter Hawks.

 

Next came the big call. You probably think there were hundreds of people picked before him in the 1992 NHL draft.  Nope, there were only 108. Weird. We were lucky enough to get him here in Edmonton, playing for the Oilers, where he minded the net for 23 games.  Not that year, but in his whole NHL career that stretched from 1992 to 2001. Yep, That’s 23 games in 9 years - 9 years of moving back-and-forth between minor teams and the Oilers. He did manage to set some records though, that we’re sure will stand the test of time. He surpassed two great Oilers with the fastest back-to-back goal records. Wayne Gretzky held nine seconds, Taylor Hall broke that record with 8 seconds, then Gager shattered that record with four seconds!  Of course, Gager’s were two he let in. Impressively, he also holds the record for longest stretch for a goalie between winning games in the NHL: 6 years!

 

Finally, after no other countries would accept him, he found himself a spot on Team Canada for 1999-2000, which begs the question, “Did all the other Canadian goalies die?”.

 

At the end of his North American career, he was banished to the European Leagues, where he experienced the highlight of his career: being named MVP for the Ayr Scottish Eagles of the British Superleague.  Superleague! Ha!

 

These days, Gager is still active in the hockey world. He contributes to the Oilers intermission panel on Sportsnet and has a twice weekly podcast “Two Guys and a Goalie” with Dustin Neilson (our Roast Master for the night) and Matt Kassian.

 

Joaquin Gage is now a much more successful Financial Advisor than he was a hockey player. He is currently at Canada Life and specializes in helping individuals and families achieve their financial security goals and dreams.

 

Now, if you want to hear what his friends, coworkers and other hockey dudes really think of him. Join us on May 13, 2022 for The Roast of Joaquin Gage.