The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of Peterborough Petes graduate and long-time NHL forward Danny Grant who passed away on Monday at the age of 73.
A native of Fredericton, NB, Grant played four seasons in Peterborough from 1962-66 before embarking on a 13-year NHL career spent with the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings.
Grant’s NHL career yielded a Stanley Cup title with the 1968 Montreal Canadiens the year before he won NHL Rookie of the Year honours as a member of the Minnesota North Stars in 1968-69. Grant retired in 1982 as a three-time NHL All-Star, recording 535 points (263-272–535) over 736 career NHL regular season games.
A 5-foot-10 right-winger, Grant enjoyed success throughout his OHA tenure with the Peterborough Petes, recording 106 points (47-59–106) during the 1964-65 season followed by a 96-point campaign (44-52–96) in 1965-66.
Grant’s post-playing career endeavours included serving as head coach of the University of New Brunswick Men’s Hockey program from 1994-96 before a one-year post as head coach of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads in 1997-98. He then transitioned to an assistant coaching role with St. Thomas University in his hometown.
The Grant-Harvey Centre, an arena in Fredericton, is named in honour of Grant and fellow New Brunswick native Fred Harvey, who were teammates with the North Stars.
The OHL sends its deepest condolences to the Grant family during this most difficult time.