Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Grant Jennings
Defenceman Grant Jennings played within his means and used his size to be a useful role player in nearly 400 NHL games. He kept his game simple by playing the body and moving the puck up to the forwards with crisp passes.

The native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, helped anchor the defence corps of the junior Saskatoon Blades for two years. Following his second year of junior he signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals. Jennings spent his first three pro seasons in the IHL and AHL and then dressed for one playoff game with the Caps in 1988.

Following a trade to the Hartford Whalers, Jennings received his first chance to play regularly in the NHL. Late in the 1990-91 season he was acquired by the offensive-minded Pittsburgh Penguins who wanted a more physical presence on their blueline. This situation was a perfect fit for Jennings, as he was steady influence in his own end and won consecutive Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

Jennings continued to play on the Pens' defensive brigade for another two and a half seasons before he was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 1995 trading deadline. He signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres at the start of the next season where he played his last six NHL contests. Jennings toiled in the minors for three years before retiring in 1998.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Humboldt Broncos SJHL 60 4 22 26 199
1983-84 Saskatoon Blades WHL 64 5 13 18 102
1984-85 Saskatoon Blades WHL 46 10 24 34 134 2 1 0 1 2
1985-86 Binghamton Whalers AHL 51 0 4 4 109
1986-87 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 3 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 47 1 5 6 125 13 0 2 2 17
1987-88 Binghamton Whalers AHL 56 2 12 14 195 3 1 0 1 15
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 3 10 13 159 +17 4 1 0 1 17
1988-89 Binghamton Whalers AHL 2 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 3 6 9 171 -4 7 0 0 0 13
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 1 4 5 82 -13
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 1 3 4 26 +2 13 1 1 2 16
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 4 5 9 104 -1 10 0 0 0 12
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 0 5 5 65 +6 12 0 0 0 8
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 2 4 6 126 -10 3 0 0 0 2
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 0 4 4 36 +2
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 0 2 2 7 -6 4 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 0 0 0 28 +1
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 9 0 1 1 28
1995-96 Atlanta Knights IHL 3 0 0 0 19 3 0 0 0 20
1996-97 Quebec Rafales IHL 42 2 10 12 79
1997-98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 44 1 4 5 116 -9
NHL Totals 389 14 43 57 804 54 2 1 3 68


Signed as a free agent by Washington, June 25, 1985. Traded to Hartford by Washington with Ed Kastelic for Mike Millar and Neil Sheehy, July 6, 1988. Traded to Pittsburgh by Hartford with Ron Francis and Ulf Samuelsson for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski, March 4, 1991. Traded to Toronto by Pittsburgh for Drake Berehowsky, April 7, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 20, 1995.