Everyone should have a “Go To” breakaway move! One that you can use to reliably score most of the time when you get a breakaway. One you use whenever you really need to score.
Ideally, it should also be a move that you can use in different areas of the ice and in different situations.
Sam Gagner was drafted 6th overall by the Edmonton Oilers 6th overall in 2007. He played seven years for Edmonton and has since played for Arizona, Philadelphia, Columbus, Vancouver, Detroit and is now with Winnipeg (2022).
Gagner is primarily known for two things. He had a spectactular 8 point game (4 goals and 4 assists) for Edmonton against Chicago. He’s also known for his breakaway / shootout move.
This is one of the best, and simplest, breakaway moves. Every player should learn and practice this move.
The Gagner Move on Video
Sam Gagner dazzles to win it in the shootout
Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner scores the winner in the shootout with a great move on Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss.
"The Gagner" Shootout Move
The evolution of shootout moves has given us many gems. Here's a compilation of Sam Gagner's famous shootout dangle. The Toronto boy leaves goaltenders 2nd, 3rd and 4th guessing themselves as he throws 3 dekes at them at once while shoulder and head faking.
How to do the “Gagner” Move
Even a 7-year old can do this move.
Practice the “Gagner” move at home or at the rink. How would you practice this move if you don’t have space to move around? Where else on the ice could you use this move and how might you modify it in other places?