John Grant, Jr.

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John Grant, Jr.
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1974-11-07) November 7, 1974 (age 39)
Peterborough, Ontario
Position Attack
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
NCAA team University of Delaware
NLL team
F. Teams
Colorado Mammoth
Rochester Knighthawks
MLL Team
F. Teams
Chesapeake Bayhawks
Hamilton Nationals
Rochester Rattlers
Nationality Canada
Pro career 2000present
Shoots Left
Nickname Junior

John Christopher Grant, Jr. (born November 7, 1974) is a professional lacrosse player for the Colorado Mammoth in the National Lacrosse League and the Denver Outlaws in Major League Lacrosse.

Personal[edit]

Grant is the son of a former star of the original Philadelphia Wings and the Ontario Lacrosse Association, John Grant, Sr. He has a physical education degree from the University of Delaware. He is married to Raygen Rogers. He has one child, a girl, named Gabrayel Louise Grant, born March 14, 2010.

OLA career[edit]

Grant began his Ontario Lacrosse Association career with the Peterborough Lakers in the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League. He was named the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player 1994, and was the league's top scorer in the in 1993, 1994, and 1995. In 1995, Grant moved up to the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) with the Peterborough Lakers, where he won the Top Rookie of the Year award. In 2000, Grant won the MSL Most Valuable Player award. In 2002 and 2003, Grant moved west, playing in the Western Lacrosse Association with the Coquitlam Adanacs earning All-Star recognition.

Grant came back to the Peterborough Lakers in 2004, and led the team to a Mann Cup victory, earning the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy as the competition's Most Valuable Player. In 2006 and 2007, Grant again won the Mann Cup as a member of the Lakers, earning his second Mann Cup MVP Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy in 2007.[1]

Grant suited up for the Peterborough Lakers of Major Series Lacrosse on July 9, 2009, a surprisingly early comeback from his surgery.[2] In 2010, Grant and the Peterborough Lakers won the Mann Cup once again, beating out the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

College career[edit]

Grant played for the University of Delaware for two years, with the Blue Hens compiling a 23 and 8 record during his time there. He transferred to Delaware from Junior College after first considering transferring to Syracuse. Grant was drafted by the Buffalo Bandits in 1995, but was never signed opting instead to attend college at SUNY Morrisville, where he stayed for two years. Grant made the USILA All-American team his junior season with the Blue Hens, but really attracted national attention his senior year.

In 1999, Delaware had seven wins against teams ranked in the top twenty. Also in 1999, Grant set single-season school records for assists (54) and points (110). The 110 points currently ranks fourth on the NCAA Individual Single-Season Leaders list. Additionally in 1999, he was named the USILA National Collegiate Player of the Year and led the country in assists and points. He earned USILA Division I Player of the Year honors and was awarded the Jack Turnbull Award as National Attackman of the Year. In addition, he was Delaware’s first USILA First Team All-American. John led the school to its first ever NCAA lacrosse quarterfinal appearance as well as its first 14 win season, with victories over perennial lacrosse powers North Carolina, Georgetown, Navy and Towson.[3]

Grant currently stands second in NCAA Division I single season Total Points, 11th in career Points-Per-Game and 12th in career Goals-Per-Game. He is the last Division I player to average more than 6 points-per-game for an entire season.

NLL career[edit]

Grant was drafted by the Buffalo Bandits in the third round of the 1995 MLL Entry Draft. He was never signed by the Bandits, opting instead to attend college, re-entered the draft four years later when he was drafted first overall by the Rochester Knighthawks in the 1999 NLL Entry Draft, and was named NLL Rookie of the Year for the 2000 season. He holds several franchise records including most goals (347) and most points (719). Grant is also tied for fifth all-time in goals, third in assists per game and 12th in points in NLL history. He has some of the team's single-season records too, including: Most goals (54), most assists (60), and most points (111). Grant is also the team's all-time leader in playoff goals (47) and points (82).

In 2007 Grant set a National Lacrosse League record with 15 points in a single game (9 goals, 6 assists) in a win over the New York Titans, since broken by Mark Steenhuis. He was recognized with Overall Player of the Week Honors[4] for his record-breaking achievement. After the regular season, Grant was named the 2007 NLL MVP, and then on May 12, 2007, Grant capped off his extraordinary season by being named Champion's Cup game MVP, as the Knighthawks defeated the Arizona Sting 13-11 to win their second championship. On May 25, 2007, Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy awarded Grant the Key to the City in recognition of the Knighthawks' championship.

Grant missed the entire 2009 season after having emergency surgery to remove an infection in his knee.[5] In 2010, Grant returned to form playing in 15 of his teams 16 games, though Rochester missed the playoffs.

On October 27, 2010, Grant (plus defender Mac Allen) was traded to the Colorado Mammoth in exchange for 2010 NLL Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc, plus transition players Matt Zash and Brad Self.[6] Draft picks were also exchanged in the trade, which the Knighthawks said they executed to alleviate the effects of an aging roster, despite being reluctant to deal Grant after such a long and successful tenure in Rochester.[6]

After a strong debut season with the Mammoth in which he scored 83 points (matching his 2010 total), Grant had one of the best years of his career in 2012. He scored his 1000th career point in January[7] and his 500th career goal in March,[8] set a new NLL record with 116 points in a season,[9] and was named MVP for the second time in his career.[10]

MLL career[edit]

He played for the Rochester Rattlers in their inaugural season in 2001, and finished second in the league with 59 points (41 goals, 3 two-pointers, 15 assists) in 14 games. He was also named an MLL All-Star and earned league Offensive Player of the Year honors. After not playing in the league from 2002 through 2004, he returned to the Rattlers for the 2005 season. In 2007, Grant broke the league's single-season points record with 71 points,[11] was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second time,[12] and was awarded the Major League Lacrosse MVP Award.[13] In 2008, Grant led the league in scoring with 64 points (47 goals, 4 two-pointers, 13 assists) and was named the 2008 Bud Light Major League Lacrosse Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. Grant and the Rattlers went on to win the MLL Championship in 2008, with a 16 to 6 defeat of Denver. This was the first MLL title for the Rattlers.

He, along with the rest of the Rattlers franchise and roster, transferred to the Toronto (later Hamilton) Nationals when the franchise was bought by a new ownership group in 2009.

On June 14, 2011 it was announced that Grant Jr was traded to the Long Island Lizards for a second round draft pick in the 2012 Collegiate draft, which would become a 4th round pick if Grant Jr does not report. Nationals general manager Jody Gage—the same GM who traded Grant away from the Knighthawks—cited a desire to go with a younger roster as a factor in the trade decision.

In February 2012, Grant Jr was traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.[14]

Grant Jr. was traded to the Denver Outlaws,[15] along with defenseman Michael Simon, in exchange for attackman Brendan Mundorf and the 16th pick in the 2014 collegiate draft in September 2013.

International lacrosse career[edit]

In 2006, Grant along with Gary Gait led the Canadian national lacrosse team to an historic victory in the ILF World Lacrosse Championships, with Grant leading the tournament in points and assists, and earning All-World selection. He has also represented Team Canada in the following events:

Accomplishments[edit]

  • 1994 OLA Junior A Most Valuable Player
  • 1995 MSL Rookie of the Year
  • 1999 USILA National Collegiate Player of the Year
  • 1999 National Collegiate Attackman of the Year
  • 2000 NLL Rookie of the Year
  • 2000 MSL Most Valuable Player
  • 2001 MLL Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Champions (Canada)
  • 2004 Heritage Cup Champions (Canada)
  • 2004 Mann Cup Champions (Peterborough Lakers)
  • 2004 Mann Cup Most Valuable Player
  • 2006 World Lacrosse Championship Champions (Canada)
  • 2006 World Lacrosse Championship- All World Team
  • 2006 Mann Cup Champion (Peterborough Lakers)
  • 2007 NLL Most Valuable Player
  • 2007 NLL Champions Cup Champion (Rochester Knighthawks)
  • 2007 NLL Champions Cup Most Valuable Player
  • 2007 World Lacrosse Championships Champion (Canada)
  • 2007 MLL Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2007 MLL Most Valuable Player
  • 2007 Mann Cup Champion (Peterborough Lakers)
  • 2007 Mann Cup Most Valuable Player
  • 2008 MLL Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2008 MLL Most Valuable Player
  • 2008 MLL Steinfeld Cup Champion (Rochester Rattlers)
  • 2009 MLL Steinfeld Cup Champion (Toronto Nationals)
  • 2010 Mann Cup Champion (Peterborough Lakers)
  • 2010 World Lacrosse Championship- All World Team (Top Attackman)
  • 2012 NLL Most Valuable Player
  • 2012 MLL Steinfeld Cup Champion (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
  • 2012 Mann Cup Champion (Peterborough Lakers)
  • 2013 MLL Steinfeld Cup Champion (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
  • 2014 MLL Steinfeld Cup Champion (Denver Outlaws)

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[16]

John Grant, Jr. Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP
2000 Rochester Knighthawks 12 37 40 77 76 32 6.42 6.33 2.67 2 9 7 16 9 6 8.00 4.50 3.00
2001 Rochester Knighthawks 14 42 48 90 124 18 6.43 8.86 1.29 1 3 1 4 5 0 4.00 5.00 0.00
2002 Rochester Knighthawks 16 52 53 105 102 43 6.56 6.38 2.69 2 6 5 11 10 0 5.50 5.00 0.00
2003 Rochester Knighthawks 16 46 53 99 115 20 6.19 7.19 1.25 2 6 7 13 17 4 6.50 8.50 2.00
2004 Rochester Knighthawks 5 16 19 35 34 6 7.00 6.80 1.20
2005 Rochester Knighthawks 15 49 56 105 83 31 7.00 5.53 2.07 2 7 6 13 7 2 6.50 3.50 1.00
2006 Rochester Knighthawks 16 54 43 97 86 22 6.06 5.38 1.38 2 8 2 10 8 2 5.00 4.00 1.00
2007 Rochester Knighthawks 15 51 60 111 81 35 7.40 5.40 2.33 3 8 7 15 24 0 5.00 8.00 0.00
2008 Rochester Knighthawks 16 47 45 92 116 16 5.75 7.25 1.00
2010 Rochester Knighthawks 15 39 44 83 85 17 5.53 5.67 1.13
2011 Colorado Mammoth 16 36 47 83 45 12 5.19 2.81 0.75 1 3 1 4 3 0 4.00 3.00 0.00
2012 Colorado Mammoth 14 50 66 116 57 24 8.29 4.07 1.71 1 5 2 7 4 0 7.00 4.00 0.00
2013 Colorado Mammoth 16 43 48 91 42 22 5.69 2.63 1.38 1 2 3 5 1 0 5.00 1.00 0.00
2014 Colorado Mammoth 17 40 51 91 64 20 5.35 3.76 1.18 1 2 5 7 2 0 7.00 2.00 0.00
203 602 673 1,275 1,110 318 6.28 5.47 1.57 18 59 46 105 90 14 5.83 5.00 0.78
Career Total: 221 661 719 1,380 1,200 332 6.24 5.43 1.50

GP–Games played; G–Goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; LB–Loose balls; PIM–Penalty minutes; Pts/GP–Points per game; LB/GP–Loose balls per game; PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per game


Major League Lacrosse[edit]

Reference:[17]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM
2001 Rochester 14 41 3 15 59 15 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1.0
2005 Rochester 12 21 3 17 41 14 7.0 1 0 0 3 3 1 0.0
2006 Rochester 11 28 2 19 49 17 10.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 Rochester 12 44 2 25 71 27 3.0 1 1 0 1 2 4 0.0
2008 Rochester 12 44 4 13 64 21 7.5 2 5 0 2 7 3 0.0
2009 Toronto 1 5 0 0 5 0 0.0 2 2 0 1 3 3 1
2010 Toronto 11 19 4 13 36 15 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 Long Island 7 8 0 6 14 6 3.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 Chesapeake 10 20 1 11 32 12 0.0 2 4 0 2 6 2 0.0
2013 Chesapeake 11 20 0 12 32 13 3.0 2 6 0 1 7 2 0.0
MLL Totals 101 253 19 131 403 140 41.0 11 18 0 10 28 18 2.0

Canadian Lacrosse Association[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Peterborough Lakers OLA Jr A 18 12 15 27 22 0 0 0 0 0
1992 Peterborough Lakers OLA Jr A 18 31 18 49 34 1 3 1 4 2
1993 Peterborough Lakers OLA Jr A 20 78 46 124 51 6 17 12 29 6
1994 Peterborough Lakers OLA Jr A 22 86 74 160 20 18 38 37 75 20
1994 Peterborough Lakers MSL 2 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 Peterborough Lakers OLA Jr A 17 66 45 111 51 11 28 15 43 24
1995 Peterborough Lakers MSL 3 4 8 12 4 0 0 0 0 0
1996 Peterborough Lakers MSL 24 66 62 128 32 5 18 12 30 4
1997 Peterborough Lakers MSL 16 29 36 65 16 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Peterborough Lakers MSL 2 5 3 8 2 1 1 1 2 0
1999 Peterborough Lakers MSL 10 18 21 39 24 11 18 17 35 14
2000 Peterborough Lakers MSL 15 46 58 104 28 4 8 15 23 4
2002 Coquitlam Adanacs WLA 13 30 39 69 16 10 26 25 51 14
2003 Coquitlam Adanacs WLA 17 54 35 89 41 6 9 10 19 10
2004 Peterborough Lakers MSL 4 3 5 8 0 18 35 40 75 31
2005 Peterborough Lakers MSL 4 0 0 0 0 6 7 8 15 8
2006 Peterborough Lakers MSL 5 9 11 20 0 17 37 40 77 22
2007 Peterborough Lakers MSL 7 12 16 28 6 14 26 45 71 4
2008 Peterborough Lakers MSL 11 34 30 64 4 8 13 15 28 10
2009 Peterborough Lakers MSL 3 5 5 10 4 8 14 14 28 10
2010 Peterborough Lakers MSL 6 15 15 30 4 18 34 43 77 12
2011 Peterborough Lakers MSL 16 38 42 80 6 11 20 24 44 12
2012 Peterborough Lakers MSL 8 24 13 37 12 15 37 32 69 6
Junior A Totals 95 273 198 471 127 36 86 65 153 52
Senior A Totals 166 396 402 798 199 152 303 341 644 161

University of Delaware[edit]

     
Season Team GP G A Pts PPG
1998 University of Delaware 15 40 27 67 4.46
1999 University of Delaware 17 56 54 110 (a) 6.47
NCAA Totals 31 96 81 177 5.53 (b)
(a) 5th in NCAA Men's Division I Single Season Total Points
(b) 12th in NCAA Men's Division I Career Points-per-Game

1999 Season Game Log[edit]

     
Opponent G A Pts Opponent G A Pts
Gannon 5 4 9 North Carolina #15 4 7 11
Harford 3 3 6 Penn State #12 4 1 5
Hofstra #8 4 1 5 Loyola #1 -- 1 1
Butler #16 2 1 3 Drexel 3 2 5
Mt. St. Mary's 4 3 7 Vermont 2 7 9
Navy #13 4 4 8 Penn 4 -- 4
Rutgers 5 5 10 UMBC 3 4 7
Towson 2 7 9 Virginia 4 3 7
Georgetown #5 3 1 4

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
None
Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Mark Millon
Preceded by
Jesse Hubbard
NLL Rookie of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Tracy Kelusky
Preceded by
Steve Dietrich
NLL Most Valuable Player
2007
Succeeded by
Athan Iannucci
Preceded by
Jeff Shattler
NLL Most Valuable Player
2012
Succeeded by
Shawn Evans
Preceded by
Gavin Prout
Champion's Cup MVP
2007
Succeeded by
Mark Steenhuis
Preceded by
Ryan Powell
Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year
2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Paul Rabil
Preceded by
Ryan Powell
Major League Lacrosse MVP
2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Paul Rabil
Preceded by
Casey Powell
USILA National Collegiate Player of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Ryan Powell
Preceded by
Casey Powell
Jack Turnbull Award
1999
Succeeded by
Ryan Powell

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lakers Team Stats: John Grant Jr. Stats". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  2. ^ http://www.peterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1646884
  3. ^ "University Of Delaware 1999 Season Results and Game Stories". 1999. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Knighthawks’ Grant earns NLL honor". Democrat and Chronicle. January 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  5. ^ "GRANT TO MISS 2009 SEASON". August 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  6. ^ a b Matthews, Bob (October 28, 2010). "John Grant Jr. traded to Colorado Mammoth from Rochester Knighthawks". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York). Gannett Company. pp. 1D, 5D. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ Nikulin, Pol (January 22, 2012). "Colorado completes two-game sweep in Alberta". NLL.com. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Rosenhoch, Alan (March 3, 2012). "Grant hits 500-goal milestone as Mammoth edge Bandits". NLL.com. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Grant sets new single-season scoring record". NLL.com. April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "John Grant Jr. wins Most Valuable Player Award, presented by Reebok Lacrosse". NLL.com. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Grant Sets Points Record In Rattlers Win". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. August 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  12. ^ "Grant Honored As 2007 Warrior Offensive Player Of The Year". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. August 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Grant named 2007 Bud Light Major League Lacrosse Most Valuable Player". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. August 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  14. ^ http://www.thebayhawks.com/player/186/chesapeake-bayhawks-john-grant-jr
  15. ^ http://www.denveroutlaws.com/press-release/8347/outlaws-announce-blockbuster-trade/
  16. ^ "Colorado Mammoth - 2014 Playoffs - Roster - #24 - John Grant Jr. - F". NLL.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Major League Lacrosse Records Page". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. Retrieved June 11, 2014.