Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Grant Warwick
An unselfish decision turned out to be the best one Grant Warwick ever made in his hockey career.

With Canada, represented by the Penticton Vees senior club, set to face the Soviet Union in the game that would decide the gold medal at the 1955 World Championship, the 33-year-old player-coach announced to his players that he would not play. Warwick was so intent on winning the world title that he wanted to concentrate on his duties behind the bench. He had been effective earlier in the tournament on a line with his brothers, Bill and Dick.

Before the game in Krefeld, West Germany, Warwick warned his players that if they lost they had better not go home, they might as well go to China. The year before in Stockholm, the Soviets, competing in their first world tournament, had dealt a huge blow to Canadian hockey pride by trouncing the Toronto East York Lyndhursts 7-2 to win the gold medal. Penticton played almost a perfect game, shutting out the defending champions 5-0, and the Warwick brothers, who grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, became the toast not only of Penticton, British Columbia, but of all Canada.

In the 1952-53 season volunteers from the Penticton fan club had raised $1,300 by passing the hat at a game to help pay for Warwick's release from the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League. After joining the Vees in British Columbia's Okanagan Senior Hockey League in December, Warwick scored 19 goals in 31 games as the Penticton club won the Western Canada senior championship and traveled east to face the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen in the Allan Cup finals. The Vees lost the series, but made no mistake the following year when they played host to the Sudbury Wolves and won the Allan Cup in seven games despite trailing early in the series. Warwick scored two key goals in the fifth game to tie the score twice and keep Penticton alive. As a result of their championship, the Vees were selected by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to represent their country at the 1955 World Championship and Warwick was named player-coach for the 1954-55 season.

Grant "Knobby" Warwick had been the NHL's rookie of the year in the 1941-42 season with the New York Rangers and had spent eight seasons and part of a ninth in the league, also playing briefly with Boston and Montreal. He scored 20 or more goals three times and finished his NHL career with 147 goals in 395 games.

Warwick was selected to play in the first NHL All-Star game at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1947, along with some of hockey's greatest stars, such as Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe.

Often in the doghouse in Boston for taking too many penalties, Warwick was welcomed with open arms in Montreal, where he played on a line with Bill Reay. But early in the 1949-50 season with Montreal he broke his nose and eventually ended up with the AHL Bisons.

He was traded to Boston in February of 1948 for three players, then sold to the Canadiens in October of 1949. He has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1938-39 Regina Abbotts S-SJHL 4 0 0 0 2
1939-40 Regina Abbotts S-SJHL 11 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 6 11
1939-40 Regina Abbotts M-Cup 6 2 4 6 12
1940-41 Regina Rangers SSHL 31 14 18 32 16 8 5 1 6 2
1940-41 Regina Rangers Al-Cup 14 6 9 15 8
1941-42 New York Rangers NHL 44 16 17 33 36 6 0 1 1 2
1942-43 New York Rangers NHL 50 17 18 35 31
1943-44 New York Rangers NHL 18 8 9 17 14
1944-45 New York Rangers NHL 42 20 22 42 25
1945-46 New York Rangers NHL 45 19 18 37 19
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 54 20 20 40 24
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 40 17 12 29 30
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 18 6 5 11 8 5 0 3 3 4
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 58 22 15 37 14 5 2 0 2 0
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 26 2 6 8 19
1949-50 Buffalo Bisons AHL 37 19 28 47 33 3 2 0 2 0
1950-51 Buffalo Bisons AHL 65 34 65 99 43 4 2 1 3 2
1951-52 Buffalo Bisons AHL 55 24 41 65 35 3 0 0 0 2
1951-52 Halifax St. Mary's MMHL 5 1 0 1 2
1952-53 Penticton Vees OSHL 31 19 27 46 49 11 7 8 15 15
1952-53 Penticton Vees Al-Cup 18 8 13 21 16
1953-54 Penticton Vees OSHL 54 36 43 79 79 10 11 7 18 8
1953-54 Penticton Vees Al-Cup 23 16 30 46 28
1954-55 Penticton Vees OSHL 38 22 34 56 62
1954-55 Canada WEC-A 8 6 11 17 5
1955-56 Penticton Vees OSHL 54 54 59 113 44 7 5 3 8 16
1956-57 Trail Smoke Eaters WIHL 43 18 30 48 70 8 5 5 10 8
1957-58 Kamloops Chiefs OSHL 49 9 31 40 45 15 1 13 14 14
NHL Totals 395 147 142 289 220 16 2 4 6 6


Brother of Bill
OSHL First All-Star Team (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956)
Calder Trophy (1942) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947)
Claimed by NY Rangers from Cleveland (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 27, 1941.
Missed majority of 1943-44 due to concussion vs. Detroit, December 23, 1943. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Billy Taylor and future considerations (Pentti Lund and Ray Manson, June, 1948), February 6, 1948. Traded to Montreal by Boston for cash, October 10, 1949.
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