Daniel "Danny" Grant
It is with great sadness that the family of Daniel "Danny" Grant, loving husband of Linda (Simpson) Grant, announces his passing on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital after a short battle with cancer. Born in Fredericton on February 21, 1946, he was the son of the late Fred and Jean (Hossack) Grant.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Kelly Grant (Marty Surette) of Fredericton, and her daughter, Jordan Szmidt; son, Jeffrey Grant of New Westminster, BC; brothers, John, Paul, Jerry (Carolyn Mackay), Tony (Brenda Sharpe) and sister, Barbara Leachman (Steve); sisters-in-law, Elaine Bernard (late Spencer), Jean Gass (Randford) and Carolyn Kehoe, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. n addition to his parents, Danny was predeceased by infant sister, Patricia, and sister-in-law, Janice (Mofford) Grant.
Danny spent thirteen years in the NHL playing for the Montreal Canadians, the Minnesota North Stars, the Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings. He was awarded the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year (1968-69) while playing with the Minnesota North Stars. He scored 50 goals in the 1974-75 season with the Detroit Red Wings. He earned the nickname Iron Man after playing 500 consecutive NHL games. He was the only player to win the Hockey Night Show Down series twice. Danny has been inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall Of Fame and the Fredericton Wall of Fame.
Upon his retirement Danny and his family settled in Fredericton. He became involved in coaching hockey at the senior, major junior, midget and university levels. In 1981, he was instrumental in bringing the Fredericton Express to town where he served as President, player and Assistant Coach. In 2012, he was moved to have the city name the new arena in honor of both he and Buster Harvey, his friend and former teammate. He was the recipient of the Paul Harris Award and Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award.
Danny’s pleasures in life were simple: time spent fishing on the Miramichi, getting wood ready for the winter, time with friends and family; especially his granddaughter Jordan who brought much joy to his life.
There will be no service at Danny's request. A visitation will be held at Kingswood Lodge on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Brunswick SPCA (NBSPCA) or the Timmy Munn Memorial Fund for underprivileged children in care of the Fredericton Community Foundation, or charity of donor’s choice.