Date of Birth: 1941
Place of Birth: St. John’s, NL
Inducted: 2010 (Athlete/Builder Category)
Jim Grant enjoyed exceptional individual and team successes from 1957 to 1975, mostly with Corner Brook but also as a member of Memorial University, St. John’s, University of New Brunswick and the Churchill Falls intermediates. Every team for which he played was better because he was a member.
An exceptional skater with plenty of hockey savvy, he utilized excellent stick handling, accurate passing and rewarding shooting with an impressive work attitude and sportsmanship. He was simply one of the better hockey players within Newfoundland and Labrador during the era in which he played and he established himself as a fine role model both on and off the ice.
He was a member of the Corner Brook Royals who won the provincial championship and the Herder Memorial Trophy for the 1961-62 season. As a member of the West Side Monarchs in the Corner Brook League he won the 1962-63 MVP award and the 1961-62 scoring title.
In addition to his playing credentials, he enjoyed great success as a coach and program director in Corner Brook, St. John’s and Churchill Falls. He had one provincial bantam title with Corner Brook and took four teams to national competition.
A certified coaching instructor, he was responsible for many clinics and played a major role in establishing several minor hockey programs.
Besides hockey, Jim Grant was a top level baseball player.