A hockey player from Antigonish has found a place for himself in the NHL record books.
Alex Grant, 24, recently got called up to the big leagues by the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks. He's played only two games — but they are two games he will never forget. Grant has scored a goal on every shot he has ever taken in the NHL.
Most Nova Scotians have probably never heard of Grant, but in his rookie debut he has accomplished something that not even superstars like Wayne Gretzky or Sidney Crosby were able to do.
Grant, an imposing defenceman standing six feet four inches tall, got his big break two weeks ago after he was called up from the minors to play in Anaheim’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
Playing in his very first NHL game on Nov. 30, he took one shot on net and scored. Grant didn't get back into the lineup again until Wednesday night. Again, he got one shot on goal and scored — that’s two shots on net and two goals.
As incredible as those statistics are, it wasn't enough to keep Grant in the big leagues. The Ducks are getting some of their injured players back and on Thursday Grant was sent back down to Anaheim’s farm team in Virginia.
He played in 46 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last season, with four goals, 16 assists and 73 penalty minutes. Grant was acquired by Anaheim from Pittsburgh in exchange for left wing Harry Zolnierczyk on June 24.
Grant is only 24-years-old, so he'll likely get another chance to play in the NHL. But if he doesn't, he'll always be able to brag that not only did he play in the NHL, he scored on 100 per cent of his shots.