Danny Grant

Daniel Frederick Grant (February 21, 1946 – October 14, 2019) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger, who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for parts of fourteen seasons, most notably for the Minnesota North Stars.[1] 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).

Danny Grant
Born (1946-02-21)February 21, 1946
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Died October 14, 2019(2019-10-14) (aged 73)
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota North Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 19641982

Playing career

Grant was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. 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.

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 32 or more goals in three of them.

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

Post-playing career

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 was an assistant coach for the St. Thomas Tommies men's hockey team since the 2002–03 season.

Grant sat on the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board,[2] which allocates funding to organizations which involve youth and/or technology throughout Atlantic Canada.

Grant died of cancer on October 14, 2019 at the age of 73.[3][4]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1962–63Peterborough PetesOHA-Jr.5012921860110
1963–64Peterborough PetesOHA-Jr.441821392052244
1964–65Peterborough PetesOHA-Jr.564759106231277144
1964–65Quebec AcesAHL10112
1965–66Peterborough PetesOHA-Jr.4844529634425710
1965–66Montreal CanadiensNHL10000
1966–67Houston ApollosCPHL642228502964482
1967–68Houston ApollosCPHL19148226
1967–68Montreal CanadiensNHL2234710100335
1968–69Minnesota North StarsNHL7531346546
1969–70Minnesota North StarsNHL762928572360224
1970–71Minnesota North StarsNHL78342357461255108
1971–72Minnesota North StarsNHL781825431872130
1972–73Minnesota North StarsNHL783235671263140
1973–74Minnesota North StarsNHL7829356416
1974–75Detroit Red WingsNHL8050368628
1975–76Detroit Red WingsNHL3910132320
1976–77Detroit Red WingsNHL42210124
1977–78Detroit Red WingsNHL132246
1977–78Los Angeles KingsNHL41101929220220
1978–79Los Angeles KingsNHL351011218
1981–82Fredericton ExpressAHL192794
NHL totals 736 263 272 535 239 43 10 14 24 19



  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.
Preceded by
Marcel Dionne
Detroit Red Wings captain
with Terry Harper, 1975–76
and Dennis Polonich, 1976–77
Succeeded by
Dan Maloney
Preceded by
Derek Sanderson
Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Tony Esposito
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