Wayne Gagné B.Ed., Owner, Program Director and Head Instructor
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 background.
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. He has been coaching minor hockey for the past 14 years and has guided
his teams to many tournament championship medals, as well as 5
All Ontario Championships with his girls teams, and his 97 Toronto Marlboros team.(Peewee & Bantam) Wayne's 97 Toronto Marlies Team
won the Minor Midget North American Silverstick Championship, and 7
GTHL Scotiabank 1st place Cups, 6th GTHL Championships, and was the FINALIST at the prestigous
OHL CUP. 14 Players from his team were drafted to the OHL and recently Dylan Strome(3rd
overall pick) and Mitchell Stephens(33rd Pick overall) were both drafted to the NHL and both played for Canada's World Junior team. Wayne was
also chosen to coach at the Minor Midget GTHL AAA Prospects game where his team won 2-0, and also coached in the OHL Gold Cup U17 Team Ontario
Evaluation tournament. Currently Wayne is also a coach mentor and hockey development coach for the Mississauga Chiefs organization and several Halton AAA teams, and also works with
various other A-AAA teams throughout the year.
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 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 20
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