Date of Birth: 1948
Place of Birth: Corner Brook, Nfld.
Inducted: 1994 (Player Category)
Doug Grant was a perennial all-star and the finest goaltender produced in Newfoundland and Labrador.
From the first provincial Pee Wee championship in 1958 to his final season in professional hockey, he performed at all-star levels, added a great talent to exceptional sportsmanship and an impressive, intelligent approach to the finer points of stopping pucks.
He learned his hockey in Corner Brook through the city’s minor system until he earned the goaltending role for the Corner Brook Royals in provincial senior hockey in 1966. In his first seven games, he faced 276 shots, yielding only 39 goals to solidify his hold on the net-minding position for Corner Brook. He was a member of two Corner Brook teams that won provincial senior championships and the Herder Memorial Trophy, as well as contributing greatly to the team’s success.
He was a player for Memorial University in Atlantic Intercollegiate competition when he was scouted by the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and signed to a two-year contract. His National Hockey League statistics for Detroit and the St. Louis Blues involved 431 games on the roster, 77 games and 4,199 minutes in actual action with two shutouts, 280 goals against, and a 4.00 average.
Doug Grant was a solid and responsible National Hockey League goalie during his tenure in that league. His first National Hockey League shutout came 2-0 over the home Pittsburgh Penguins December 15, 1973.
He also starred for Kansas City and Salt Lake City in the Central Hockey. At Kansas City in 1977, he earned a 2.85 goals against average in 20 games with three shutouts, and won the Terry Sawchuk award as the league’s top goalie. With Salt Lake City in 1978, he had a 2.88 goals against average in 35 games and again won the Sawchuk Trophy. In 1979 at Salt Lake City, he had a 2.92 goals against average along with three shutouts and, in 1980, Doug Grant was a major factor in Salt Lake City winning the league championship. His playoff performance earned him the Max McNabb Trophy as the most valuable player.
An exceptional soccer player, Doug Grant was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.