Year Inducted: 2006
When Bud Grant was told by the surgeon who removed his lung that his active days as a hockey and lacrosse player were over, he decided to stay close to the game. You couldn’t get much closer as he became a referee.
For decades Grant became one of the most familiar faces in arenas in and around Cornwall as he officiated hundreds of hockey and lacrosse games at all levels.
As a quiet guy with a shy smile, Grant had the ability to call them as he saw them while gaining the respect of the competitors.
He was a regular on ice official when the Royals played in the Central Junior Hockey League and later the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Despite having just one lung, Bud refereed until about nine years ago when he was 64.
In later years his officiating was restricted to pickup hockey games.
As a junior hockey player, Grant was a member of the Rookies, a group of east end teens who played in the Cornwall City Junior Hockey League which was a hotbed of fledgling talent that produced an abundance of professional and semi-pro players that helped to give Cornwall a hockey town image across the country.
He was a stay-at-home defenseman. Later Bud became a member of the talented Junior Colts.
After junior, he moved into the Mille Roches Senior Hockey League but soon after was forced to quit playing the game he loved so much.
He died in 2006, at the age of 73.