Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Danny Grant
Danny Grant played his youth hockey in his native Fredericton, but as he moved up the ranks, he noticed that Eastern Canada was isolated from the hotbeds of pro hockey and thus lacked the intense competition necessary to push his game to higher levels. As a result, he went to Ontario to play four years of Junior A with the Peterborough Petes of the OHA from 1962 to 1966.

The following year he turned pro with the Montreal Canadiens, but failed to squeeze his way into their talented lineup on a permanent basis. In 1968, the Habs traded Grant to the Minnesota North Stars. The move launched his career in a big way. By the end of his first full NHL campaign, he set rookie scoring records of the day with 34 goals and 64 points. He was rewarded with the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

From there, Grant just kept moving up. In the first phase of his career, he proved to be very durable. He managed to run up a string of 566 straight games played. And although he was not a swift skater, he was strong on his blades. He was also characterized as a tough winger who was clever, worked hard and packed a swift, accurate wrist shot.

He used these attributes to remain as a steady scorer throughout his six campaigns in Minnesota. But before the start of year seven, the Stars' management wanted a shakeup of the club's roster. By the time the ice chips settled, Grant was a Detroit Red Wing skating alongside Marcel Dionne. The two players complemented each brilliantly. By the end of the 1974-75 season, Grant had potted 50 goals.

His output marked the top of his career -- a height from which he rapidly tumbled. By the following season, he was struck with the first of a series of serious leg injuries. His ice time and productivity fell way off. By early 1978, the Wings were hardly using the winger any more. As a response, he requested a trade to the L.A. Kings where he rejoined Marcel Dionne on a line with rookie Dave Taylor. But the gig was short-lived. Grant's knees continued to take a battering that forced his retirement in 1979.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1959-60 Barkers Point Aces NBAHA 6 23 3 26 0
1960-61 Fredericton Bears NBAHA 10 17 10 27 4
1961-62 Fredericton Canadiens YCHL 13 12 2 14 2 4 1 5 0
1962-63 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 50 12 9 21 8 6 0 1 1 0
1963-64 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 44 18 21 39 20 5 2 2 4 4
1964-65 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 56 47 59 106 23 12 7 7 14 4
1964-65 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 1 1 0
1965-66 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 48 44 52 96 34 4 2 5 7 10
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Houston Apollos CPHL 64 22 28 50 29 6 4 4 8 2
1967-68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 3 4 7 10 +3 10 0 3 3 5
1967-68 Houston Apollos CPHL 19 14 8 22 6
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 34 31 65 46 -12
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 29 28 57 23 -13 6 0 2 2 4
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 34 23 57 46 +7 12 5 5 10 8
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 18 25 43 18 0 7 2 1 3 0
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 32 35 67 12 +23 6 3 1 4 0
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 29 35 64 16 -1
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 50 37 87 28 -11
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 10 13 23 20 -17
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 2 10 12 4 -34
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 2 2 4 6 -2
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 10 19 29 2 -2 2 0 2 2 2
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 35 10 11 21 8 +5
1979-80 Fredericton Capitals YCHL
1980-81 Fredericton Capitals YCHL
1981-82 Fredericton Express AHL 18 2 7 9 4
NHL Totals 736 263 273 536 239 43 10 14 24 19


OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1965)
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1966)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1969) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1969, 1970, 1971)
Traded to Minnesota by Montreal with Claude Larose and future considerations (Bob Murdoch, May 25, 1971) for Minnesota's 1st round pick (Dave Gardner) in 1972 Amateur Draft, cash and future considerations (Marshall Johnston, May 25, 1971), June 10, 1968. Traded to Detroit by Minnesota for Henry Boucha, August 27, 1974.
Missed majority of 1975-76 due to ruptured anterior thigh muscle vs. Kansas City, December 19, 1975. Consecutive games played streak halted at 566. Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit for the rights to Barry Long and Montreal's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Detroit selected Doug Derkson) in 1978 Amateur Draft, January 9, 1978.
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