It was an emotional evening in Fredericton on Thursday as the Red Wings paid tribute to New Brunswick hockey legend Danny Grant. The Fredericton native, former National Hockey League star, and Stanley Cup champion died last October at the age of 73. As a lasting tribute to Grant’s memory, the Fredericton Red Wings retired his No. 21 to the rafters in the building that carries his name and that of his long-time friend and NHL teammate, Buster Harvey.
The ceremony at Grant-Harvey Centre was also part of the first Red Wings alumni celebration. Junior A hockey returned to the New Brunswick capital for the first time in 40 years this season. The Red Wings say Grant was instrumental in reviving the junior A franchise in his hometown, but sadly never got to see them play a game.
The opening ceremony included members of Grant’s family, friends, and former teammates.