Danny Grant, born on February 21, 1945, was a left winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for fourteen seasons, most notably with the Minnesota North Stars.
Hailing from Fredericton, Grant excelled in his junior career with the Peterborough Petes and spent a season and a half in the minor leagues with the Houston Apollos. He made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1967-68 season, playing 22 regular-season games and 10 playoff games. Grant contributed to Montreal’s 1968 Stanley Cup victory.
After playing 22 games with the Canadiens, Grant was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, a move that allowed him more playing time and less pressure. He thrived in his new environment, finishing his first full NHL season with a rookie record of 34 goals and 64 points. Grant was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie.
Grant continued to star for Minnesota for six seasons, averaging almost thirty goals per season. However, during the 1974-75 season, he was unexpectedly traded for defensive forward Henry Boucha, a Minnesota native. The trade backfired when Grant had his best season yet, scoring 50 goals for the Detroit Red Wings alongside superstar center Marcel Dionne, becoming only the 12th player in NHL history to achieve that feat.
Unfortunately, injuries plagued Grant’s career thereafter, resulting in partial seasons at best. He retired after the 1978-79 season to coach a Tier II junior team.
Throughout his career, Grant scored 263 goals and 535 points, playing for the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and Los Angeles Kings. He participated in three All-Star Games (1969, 1970, 1971).
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.
The Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton honours two of the city’s hockey heroes – Danny Grant and Buster Harvey. The centre features two ice surfaces, with the main surface featuring an NHL-sized ice pad and seating for 1500 people, while the second ice pad is an Olympic sized ice surface with seating for 250. The centre also has a walking track constructed on the upper level of the main surface area.
Danny Grant passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
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