Sport: Hockey: Year Inducted: 1996
Don Grant was born in Mille Roches, and moved to Cornwall at an early age.
He began playing hockey as a goaltender in 1944, for the O.C.O.T. organization.
From 1945 to 1949, he played for the O.C.O.T. Midgets, Cornwall Falcons midget team, City Junior “A” team and the famous Maxville Millionaires, who advanced to the Citizen Shield Playdowns.
In 1950, Don was invited to play professional hockey overseas in Dundee, Scotland. He played there for three years with several other Cornwall players.
Returning to Cornwall, he played intermediate hockey for the Alexandria Glens for one year. The following year, he returned to Scotland to play hockey.
From 1955 to 1964, Don played senior hockey for several teams, including the Brockville Braves, Cornwall Emards, Hawkesbury Hawks, Lancaster Dodgers and the Morrisburg Combines. During this period he participated in the Citizen Shield Finals (which his team won) and the Allan Cup Quarter Finals.
From 1965 to 1975, Don became a certified referee with the O.D.H.A. and refereed in minor, intermediate, junior and senior hockey in the area.
After his retirement from competitive hockey, Don played with the Cornwall Hubs of the Canadian Old Timers Hockey Association from 1976 to 1987 which included travelling to California and Switzerland.
Don retired from hockey permanently at age 58 after a career which had spanned 45 years.