Goaltender Joaquin Gage grew up playing hockey in the BCJHL and by the age of 17 was tending goal for the Bellingham Ice Hawks and the Chilliwack Chiefs before being promoted to the ranks of major junior when he joined the Portland Winter Hawks for three games. Although he came out on the short end of the score in each of his outings he returned to training camp in 1991-92 and earned the starting job, playing in 63 games for the Hawks on a team that included the likes of Steve Konawalchuk and Adam Deadmarsh.
That summer Gage was selected in the fifth round, 109th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. The following year he platooned in goal with Steve Langkow. He was still not deemed ready to make the jump to the NHL and his options were to play in the minors or return for another year of major junior as an overage player. He chose the latter, signing with the Prince Albert Raiders where he backstopped 53 games.
In 1994-95 he was sent to Edmonton's minor-league affiliate in Cape Breton, where he was the first-stringer goalie. He was called up to Edmonton for two games, losing both. He was back in Edmonton for 16 games the next year, posting an official 2-8-1 record.
For the next four years Gage was a full-time minor league with an assortment of clubs in the AHL and ECHL before finally getting another crack at the NHL in 2000-01 when he played another five games for the Oilers with the balance of his season being played with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.
In 2001-02 Gage made the decision to play in Great Britain, signing with the Ayr Scottish Eagles of the BISL.