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Garon & Gagner named to Team Canada

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon and forward Sam Gagner have been added to the roster of Team Canada for the upcoming 2008 IIHF World Championship.


With the addition of Garon and Gagner to Team Canada, the Oilers now have three players on the national team roster as defenceman Steve Staios had previously been named to the team on April 8th.

Garon appeared in 47 games during his first season with the Oilers and compiled a 26-18-1 record with a 2.66 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and was ninth in the NHL with four shutouts. Fourteen of his wins came in overtime as he was 14-1 in the extra session and he was a perfect 10-0 in shootouts, stopping 30 of 32 shootout attempts.

Gagner enjoyed a remarkable rookie season with the Oilers in 2007-08, scoring 13-36-49 in 79 games to finish third on the Oilers scoring list and fifth in scoring among NHL rookies. The 18-year-old forward was among the NHL rookie leaders in goals (11th), assists (3rd), powerplay goals (4th with 4), powerplay assists (7th with 12), powerplay points (7th with 16), shots (7th with 135) and shooting percentage (10th at 9.6%). He led NHL rookies and was tied for second in the NHL with four shootout deciding goals.

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