Ryan Gagnon in his Royale blues.

One of the Royales

Gagnon and the Royales are going as far as they’ve ever been.

Two years after making the jump from the Cariboo Cougars to the WHL’s Victoria Royals, Ryan Gagnon and the Royals will be going the furthest in the post season he and the team have been – it’s on to the second round of playoffs.

“We started the season off slow this year, but started to gel at just the right time,” Gagnon said.

That timing helped them storm past the Spokane Chiefs in four straight games in the first, best of seven, series of the playoffs.

Like his team, it’s been a banner year for Gagnon; the defence man has posted two goals this year, along with six assists, doubling his assists and posting his first goals in his WHL career.

“It’s been a good season,” Gagnon said.

“I’ve played in most of the games and learned a lot.”

Gagnon has been busy learning both on and off the ice, managing to excel in school – he won the scholastic player of the year award for Victoria.

Now, though, school’s over and he can focus on playoff hockey and taking on the Portland Winterhawks, who promise to be a challenge for the Royals and for Gagnon on defense.

“Portlan’s a really good team with a strong offense,” he said.

“But we’re a fairly defensive team.”

His family also hopes to make the trip down to see Gagnon in action, which will be a treat for both him and his family, as they don’t get to see each other often during the busy hockey season.

With a second season under his belt, and a corresponding improvement, Gagnon is hoping to continue his career and maintain his upward momentum through his WHL career and hopefully beyond.

And while he does that, his family and friends in the Cariboo will continue cheering for him and hoping for the best.

 

 

Just Posted

Quesnel barrel racer finishes in top spot at Pritchard Rodeo

Ashley Zappone and her horse, Lady, now sit fifth in the BCRA standings

Quesnel Kangaroos looking to fill important positions at AGM

Team president says they need a treasurer and game-day coordinator

Quesnel Terrors win silver in U16 provincials silver division

The host team lost by one run in extra innings in Sunday night’s silver division final

‘Williams Lake saved my life’ says cyclist who revisits town where he hit rock bottom

Tyler Waddell travels 2,600 from B.C. to Yukon to awareness about mental health issues

Washout hits Highway 97 north of Cache Creek

Drivers turning back as road is impassable

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

Most Read