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Getting to know Sam Gagner

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

Who is Sam Gagner?

In short, Sam William Gagner is a forward with 696 NHL games played between four teams; the centreman has 142 goals and 402 career points. He was drafted sixth overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2007, stands 5-foot-11, and weighs 200 pounds.

Okay, you read his HockeyDB page, way to go.

But really, who is Sam Gagner?

I thought about calling Sam to discuss his excitement about coming to Vancouver and what he'll add to the team, but he and his wife, Dr. Rachel Linke, have a toddler and a baby on the way, so they've got their hands full.

Thank goodness for social media.

When GM Jim Benning reveals a signing at Canucks Headquarters, most are quick to check out the player's stats, whereas I hit their social media. I rejoiced when I heard Gagner was on his way. He gets how to effectively use social media and therefore everything you want to know about the new Canucks forward can be found with a deep creep.

Here we go.

Meet the Gagners.

Instagram from @sgagner89: More information

This was posted July 1st, the same day Sam signed with Vancouver, yet a custom onesie is already ready for baby Gagner and Cooper is rocking Canucks swag with pride. That's some Gagner wizardry.

Cooper has begun practicing for the upcoming season.

Instagram from @canucks: ‪Cooper Gagner, almost 2-year-old son of @sgagner89, is already loving life with the #Canucks!‬

Gagner…Gagner…Gagner…that name sounds so familiar, right? Well, does Sam's dad look familiar? That's Dave Gagner, who played for the Canucks in 1998-99, arriving in Vancouver with Ed Jovanovski, Mike Brown and Kevin Weekes from Florida, in exchange for Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican and Brad Ference. Gagner retired following that season after 15 years in the NHL, but he didn't stay away for long, returning to the Canucks as Director of Player Development in 2008. He spent five seasons in Vancouver the second time around.

Instagram from @sgagner89: Happy Fathers Day!

Back to Sam.

The rest of his @sgagner89 Instagram feed is mainly friends, family and workouts and that's just dandy, seeing as he started feeding the Gram exactly a year ago to the day on July 18, 2016. He's new. We'll see if we can get a must Instagram more clause added to his contract.

Twitter, on the other hand, is Gagner's go-to. @89SGagner signed up and sent his first tweet November 12, 2012, thanks to some ribbing from John Tavares and Taylor Hall, naturally.

Gagner has sent 816 tweets since joining, many supporting great initiatives and helping spread messages of worthy causes.

His best tweet, and this may be a pinch biased, is as follows:

Tweet from @89SGagner: I'm very excited to become part of the @Canucks. It's a great hockey city and my family can't wait to be back in Canada! ����

His bromance with Michael Del Zotto, who also signed with Vancouver July 1st, began with a tweet shortly after:

Tweet from @89SGagner: Make sure to stock the dressing room with @DippityDoGel @Canucks #topnotchflow @MichaelDelZotto

He's a Tom Brady fan:

Tweet from @89SGagner: Tom Brady!!! What a performance by the Greatest of All Time!! Never a doubt!! #Patriots #SB51

He witnessed the Chicago Cubs bring it home after a 108-year drought:

Tweet from @89SGagner: World Series Game 7! Here we go! #MLB ������������������

Although he's actually a Blue Jays fan:

Tweet from @89SGagner: Ready for a big postseason run ��������@MStrooo6 @BlueJays #6ix #AlEastChamps

His #Fav7HipSongs are as follows:

Tweet from @89SGagner: #Fav7HipSongs Wheat KingsBobcaygeonNew Orleans is Sinking38 Years OldLittle BonesFiddler's GreenGrace, Too@thehipdotcom

He can Halloween better than most:

Tweet from @89SGagner: Happy Halloween from Forest Gump and Walter White. Have a safe and fun night everyone. #BubbaGump #BreakingBad

No wonder he dressed as Walter White:

Tweet from @89SGagner: What to watch now that #BreakingBad has come to an end? Best show ever in my mind. Might just have to re-watch it all. #Heisenberg

He's tough:

Tweet from @89SGagner: Thank you all for the support. Excited to come back stronger and hopefully better looking than a few days ago.

He loves Lake Muskoka - safe to say it's his happy place:

Tweet from @89SGagner: Nice to be back up here. Time to get the canoe in the water. #Muskoka

He knows Steph Curry?

Tweet from @89SGagner: I remember watching @StephenCurry30 drain 3's with a volleyball when we were kids playing in a school v-ball tourney. Look at him now. #54

And he's always been a master selfie taker:

Tweet from @89SGagner: The muzzy is starting to get in the way of breakfast as its hanging over my lip. Wouldn't have it any other way...

Now you know Sam Gagner, the father, son, husband, teammate and friend, who supports the Blue Jays, loves Muskoka, Tom Brady, Breaking Bad, The Tragically Hip and life as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

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