Danny Grant

Danny Grant

Danny Grant

Danny Grant (born February 21, 1945) was a left winger who played in the National Hockey League for parts of fourteen seasons, most notably for the Minnesota North Stars.

Grant was born in Fredericton. 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 1967–68, playing 22 regular season games and 10 playoff games. Grant helped Montreal win the Stanley Cup in 1968.

Danny GrantAfter appearing in 22 games with the Canadiens in 1967-68, Grant was dealt to the Minnesota North Stars, a trade that offered the Fredericton native less pressure and more playing time. The change in address proved to be the perfect tonic for Grant, who adapted to his new environment with ease.

By the end of his first full NHL season, Grant set rookie scoring records for the time, firing home 34 goals and finishing the year with 64 points. To the surprise of no one, he was rewarded with the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

He was then acquired by the Minnesota North Stars, and in his 1968–69 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 during the 1974–75 season 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.

Danny Grant

However, Grant was plagued by injuries from that point on, and only played partial seasons at best thereafter. He retired after the 1978–79 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

Danny Grant NB 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-Harvey Center

The Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton honours two of the city’s hockey heroes – Danny Grant and the late 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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Resource: Wikipedia 

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  1. I happened to see this site while looking to see how Danny Grant was doing. My wife and I were close friends with Danny and Linda Grant while we were both living across the hall in the same apt building in Bloomington Minn. while he was with the Northstars. My wife was actually with Linda when she gave birth to one of their children, Danny was playing a hockey game that nite. I remember Danny wanted to stop at our place after the game for celebration drink, (rye of course). before going to the hospital. Not sure if Linda to this day ever found out.
    We traveled to Fredericton NB, twice in those early years, Danny and Linda invited us so Danny and I and Buster Harvey could go fishing near or in the Miramichi. I remember pulling Danny waterskiing on his boat “Miss NorthStar”. We had lots of fun times in Frederickton.
    Danny called me the afternoon after he got traded to Detroit for Henry Boucha, and was going to meet with him at a local bar and wanted me to greet him and break the ice between both of them.
    We also visited Detroit and stayed with them and had a team party with lobster of course and other sea food that Danny and I prepared.
    Fun times!
    Have other memories too numerous, spent a few Christmas times with them.
    We wish Danny and Linda well. and would welcome any response from them to our E-mail as listed.

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