Danny Grant

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Danny Grant
Born (1945-02-21) February 21, 1945 (age 69)
Fredericton, NB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Quebec Aces
Fredericton Express
NHL
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota North Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1964–1982

Daniel Frederick Grant (born February 21, 1945 in Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a retired Canadian ice hockey left winger, who played in the National Hockey League for parts of fourteen seasons, most notably for the Minnesota North Stars.

After a fine junior career with the Peterborough Petes and a season and a half in the minor leagues with the Houston Apollos, Grant made the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens in 1968, playing 22 regular season games and 10 playoff games. Grant helped Montreal win the Stanley Cup in 1968.

He was then acquired by the Minnesota North Stars, and in his 1969 rookie season with the club won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's most outstanding rookie player, thus becoming one of only four players who won the Stanley Cup the season before winning the Calder Trophy. He would remain a star for Minnesota for six seasons, scoring nearly thirty goals a season during his tenure.

Despite this, Grant was traded in 1974 in a surprising deal for defensive forward Henry Boucha (whose attraction to the franchise may have been that he was a Minnesota native), and the trade backfired badly: Grant had his best season that season, scoring 50 goals for the Detroit Red Wings while on a line with superstar centre Marcel Dionne, and becoming only the 12th player in NHL history to accomplish that feat. However, Grant was plagued by injuries from that point on, and only played partial seasons at best thereafter. He retired after the 1979 season to coach a Tier II junior team.

In his career, Grant notched 263 goals and 535 points while playing for the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings, and played in three All-Star Games (1969, 1970, 1971).

In 1985, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.

Grant went on to coach the University of New Brunswick hockey team in 1995 and 1996, and the Halifax Mooseheads Quebec league junior team in 1998. Grant has been an assistant coach for the St. Thomas Tommies men's hockey team since the 2002–2003 season.

Grant now sits on the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board (http://about.telus.com/community/community_boards/en/community_boards/atlantic_canada_member.html), which allocates funding to organizations which involve youth and/or technology throughout Atlantic Canada.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1962–63 Peterborough Petes OHA 50 12 9 21 0
1964–65 Peterborough Petes OHA 56 47 59 106 0
1964–65 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 1 1 2
1965–66 Peterborough Petes OHA 48 44 52 96 34
1965–66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966–67 Houston Apollos CPHL 64 22 28 50 29 6 4 4 8 2
1967–68 Houston Apollos CPHL 19 14 8 22 6
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 3 4 7 10 10 0 3 3 5
1968–69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 31 34 65 46
1969–70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 29 28 57 23 6 0 2 2 4
1970–71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 34 23 57 46 12 5 5 10 8
1971–72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 18 25 43 18 7 2 1 3 0
1972–73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 32 35 67 12 6 3 1 4 0
1973–74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 29 35 64 16
1974–75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 50 36 86 28
1975–76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 10 13 23 20
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 2 10 12 4
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 2 2 4 6
1977–78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 10 19 29 2 2 0 2 2 0
1978–79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 35 10 11 21 8
1981–82 Fredericton Express AHL 19 2 7 9 4
NHL totals 736 263 272 535 239 43 10 14 24 19

References[edit]

Preceded by
Marcel Dionne
Detroit Red Wings captain
197577
with Terry Harper, 1975–76
and Dennis Polonich, 1976–77
Succeeded by
Dan Maloney
Preceded by
Derek Sanderson
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1969
Succeeded by
Tony Esposito
  1. Note: Harper served as Red Wings captain for most of the 1975–76 season, while Grant was injured and out of the lineup.
  2. Note: Polonich served as Red Wings captain for part of the 1976–77 season, while Grant was injured and out of the lineup.