The first ever Westside Warriors player to sign an NCAA scholarship has now inked a deal with the NHL’s New York Rangers.
Alaska Anchorage senior forward Tommy Grant has agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers and is now playing with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate Connecticut Whale.
“First of all thanks to the players, coaching staff, Dr. Cobb and everyone affiliated with UAA program,” said Grant. “It was great going through the process and improving over the four years I was there. Hopefully the program can take this year’s success and use it to remain a top WCHA team.”
On March 27, Grant registered two helpers in his pro debut with the Whale, as Connecticut fell to the Providence Bruins, 4-2. “Tommy has worked very hard for this opportunity,” said head coach Dave Shyiak. “He is one step closer to chasing his dream of playing in the NHL. We are excited for him and are thankful for his four years of dedication to the Seawolf hockey program.” Grant, a 6-2, 195-pound native of North Vancouver, B.C., comes to the Whale after four seasons with the UAA Seawolves. Grant led the UAA in points and goals this year, with 16-16-32 in 37 games. Five of Grant’s 16 goals were game winners, which was good for a tie for fourth in the WCHA in that category.
In 134 career games with the Seawolves, Grant struck for 45 goals and 45 assists for 90 points. Grant played one year for the Warriors in 2006-07 and lead the team in scoring with 36 goals and 75 points through 56 games played.
He was the first ever Warriors to sign an NCAA scholarship.