By Sam Laskaris
December 22, 2013 (ISN) – Dave Gagner and his Canadian teammates just missed out on a medal from the 1984 WJC held in Sweden. Yet Gagner, who went on to enjoy a lengthy NHL career, did manage to earn himself a spot in the tournament record books. And it only took him nine seconds to do so.
Gagner still holds the record for the fastest two goals by one player in a WJC game.
During a convincing 12-0 rout over Switzerland on Dec. 28, 1993, Gagner scored a goal at the 18:29 mark of the second period. And a mere nine seconds later he became the answer to a trivia question when he scored again.
Gagner ended up with six points, including four goals, in seven tournament games that year. But the Canadians returned from that event without any hardware, finishing in fourth place.
The Soviet Union captured the gold medal while Finland and Czechoslovakia won the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Gagner went on to play a total of 1,003 NHL games and accumulated 767 points. He played for seven different NHL squads; New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.
Gagner, whose son Sam is a player with the Edmonton Oilers, spent the past five years as the Canucks’ director of player development. He left the organization in September to work with the Orr Hockey Group.