Danny Grant ( born February 21, 1945 in Fredericton, New Brunswick ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach, who during his active career, among other things for the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League has played.
Danny Grant played from 1962 to 1966 for the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey Association. He was never drafted, but was still during the 1965/66 season his debut for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. The following season Grant spent at the Houston Apollos in the Central Professional Hockey League and came to 70 missions, in which he scored 58 points. In the season 1967/68 he came with the Canadiens to 22 missions in the Regular Season, and ten games in the playoffs, but the breakthrough did not succeed in Montreal. In June 1968 he was released as part of a business transfer to the Minnesota North Stars. Already in his debut season, Grant earned a place in the NHL squad, he did not relinquish it again during his engagements in Minneapolis. In 75 games of the regular season (1968 /69) he scored 65 points and was awarded a reward as the best rookie of the year with the Calder Memorial Trophy. The following five years with the North Stars were similar successful, Grant was only in the 1971/72 season with 50 points. In the playoffs, however, you do not make it past the second round. Three times was the links Sagittarius participants in an NHL All-Star Game, 1969 for the Western Division All-Stars, and in 1970 and 1971 as a player in the Western Conference All-Stars.
Grant was considered a rather slow player, but had above-average endurance and had a quick, aimed shot from the wrist. He stops at the Minnesota North Stars of the NHL record for most games in a row. In August 1974 he was sent for Henry Boucha to the Detroit Red Wings. In Detroit, he played together with Marcel Dionne. 1974/75 he had 50 goals, 37 assists and 87 points his statistically best season in the NHL. These services could not reach later, as Grant was slowed by several long -term injuries. In the 1975/76 season he was team captain in Detroit. Since the Red Wings are no longer needed his services, Grant was at his request, transferred in January 1978 to the Los Angeles Kings. There he met again on his former strike partner Marcel Dionne, with whom he had played in Detroit. With Dionne and Dave Taylor, he formed in Los Angeles, the forward line. After less than two seasons, the career of Danny Grant, however, was completed in LA, because it forced a new knee injury to resign. In the 1981/82 season he returned for 18 games back on the ice and played in his hometown of Fredericton Express, a franchise of the American Hockey League.
Later, Grant coached the hockey team of the University of New Brunswick and the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.