1921-22 Art Gagne Edmonton Eskimos Cabinet Photo
Art Gagne is one of those players from the 1920-30's that is not as well known as others, however he was one of the strongest players of the era while playing professionally from 1918 - 1936. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1896 and began his pro career with the Quebec Montagnais of the QSHL 1918-19. He then went west to the Edmonton Eskimos Hockey Club in 1920. He spent the next five seasons between the Edmonton Eskimos and Regina Capitals of the WCHL. He led the Eskimos in Goals (22), Assists (21) and Points (43) in 29 games in the 1922-23 season which saw the Eskimos go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final vs the Ottawa Senators.
Upon the folding of the WCHL at the conclusion of the 1925-26 season, Gagne was picked up by the NHL Montreal Canadiens where he played three seasons where he finished third in scoring behind Howie Morenz and Aurele Joilat. He then spent the next three seasons with Boston, Ottawa and Detroit of the NHL before returning to the Edmonton Eskimos Hockey Club in the newly formed professional WCHL and NWHL where he acted as playing coach. He finished his Pro Hockey career with the Seattle Seahawks of the NWHL as playing coach.