Officer and a Goalie: Amherst’s Parker Gahagen Sets Sights on U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Parker Gahagen moved on from the Buffalo Junior Sabres to Army West Point and now hopes to land a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. {James P. McCoy/Buffalo News}
Parker Gahagen moved on from the Buffalo Junior Sabres to Army West Point and now hopes to land a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

When Defense Secretary James Mattis took away hockey, Parker Gahagen went out and made history. Now he wants to make the U.S. Olympic team.

The Army goaltender simply wants to be all that he can be – but it’s been far from simple.

“I’ve been talking to four-star generals and colonels,” said Gahagen’s agent, Michael Wulkan. “It’s crazy.”

Gahagen, an Amherst native who played for Williamsville North High School and the Buffalo Junior Sabres, nearly reached the pinnacle of his sport in the spring. After completing an award-filled collegiate career for the Army at West Point, Gahagen agreed to a contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
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