Wayne Gagné B.Ed., Owner, Program Director, and Head Instructor
Wayne brings to Draft Choice a wide variety of professional skills. Being a Physical Education teacher and a former N.H.L. and European Professional
player, Wayne has acquired and developed an excellent approach for teaching today's youth. His teaching and motivational methods, as well as his ability
to demonstrate and model proper techniques have been the key to his success as a program Director and Head Instructor at Draft Choice.
Wayne has been instructing at various hockey schools in North America and Europe for the past 25 years. He has been able to effectively combine many
of his own experiences along with the teachings of Dr.Yasha Smushkin's European Powerskating and Skills techniques to build a resourceful teaching
Wayne has earned his Hockey Trainers Level II Certificate, coaching CBET I level as well as Body Contact Development I. He also has participated in the
Canadian Child Abuse Prevention Program. Upon finishing his playing career Wayne coached Junior “A” hockey (Caledon Canadians) in Ontario for 2 years.
Following this Wayne at the highest levels of youth hockey for 14 years and guided his teams to many tournament championship medals, as well as 5
All Ontario Championships with his girls teams, and his 1997 Toronto Marlboros team. Wayne's 97 Toronto Marlies Team won the Minor Midget North American
Silverstick Championship, and 7 GTHL Scotiabank 1st place Cups, 6 GTHL Championships, and was the FINALIST at the prestigious OHL CUP. 14 Players from
his team were drafted to the OHL and two players from that team (Dylan Strome, Mitchell Stephens) currently are playing in the NHl for Chicago and Tampa
Bay. Wayne also coached at the OHL Gold Cup U17 Team Ontario Evaluation tournament and last year assisted with the Brampton Canadettes Jr. girls team.
For the past few years Wayne has focused on Consulting and Training with Teams, and Hockey Organizations to Mentor Coaching Staffs and Develop Players Skills and
Game Concept Awareness for Greater Individual and TEAM SUCCESS!
For the past few years Wayne ran conducted Hockey Development & Coach Mentorship for the Brampton Canadettes Organization (PW AA- Jr. AA) and for the
Brampton 45’s Org. (4-6 yr old program, House program, MD/Intercity, and A-AAA programs)
Wayne played for the Henry Carr Crusaders undefeated Jr. B team in “1983” and lead the league in scoring as a defenceman(89 pts in 36 games), and was the MVP in the playoffs as
they won the All Ontario Championship. He represented Ontario in the Canada Winter Games that same year and won a Gold Medal. Following this Wayne earned a four year Scholarship
playing for Western Michigan. In his Senior year he led the CCHA league in scoring and was 3rd in the Nation as a defenceman, and was a Two Time Div. I, 1st Team All American. He
also was the Runner-Up to the Hobey Baker Award and The Hockey News Runner Up for the Top U.S College Player of the Year.
In the year 2001 Wayne was voted to the Western Michigan University Hall of Fame and in the year 2013 during the final weekend of the NCAA -CCHA Division, he was voted to the
CCHA All Time 1st Team , along with George McPhee, Kip Miller, Brendan Morrison, Andy Greene and Ryan Miller (Vancouver Canucks). When he graduated from University he left with 8
NCAA records to his name and played 7 years professionally.
Wayne skated with the Canadian Olympic Team under the guidance of Dave King, and then went on to sign with the Montreal Canadiens. He played in the AHL, the IHL, and won a championship
with the Branford Smoke in the Colonial League. He ended his career in Europe playing in the Elite leagues in Switzerland, Holland, and Denmark. Currently Wayne has been teaching in the Peel Board for the past 27 Years.
MVP Defenceman W.M.U 85
Leading Scorer C.C.H.A 86
Player of the Year C.C.H.A 86
Hobey Baker Award for Top U.S. Player 86 (Runner up)
8 NCAA records
NCAA Division I Leaders
Overall NCAA Assists / Single Season
Wayne Gagne ...1987.......76
Paul Kariya .......1993.......75
Overall NCAA Career Assists
Dave Rost............. 226
Wayne Gagné....... 199
Jim Montgomery... 198
Greg Johnson........ 198