Skaters

Brian McGrattan

Brian McGrattan is competing with Vanessa James. He is skating for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society.

Brian McGrattan is competing with Vanessa James. He is skating for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society.

Brian McGrattan began his hockey career as a minor league player in Hamilton, Ontario. He was known as the top scorer on his team, which helped him catch the attention of the Ontario Hockey League in 1997. He played five seasons on multiple teams, scoring a staggering 21 goals in only 31 games between 2000/2001. 

McGrattan made his NHL debut in 2005 as a top enforcer for the Ottawa Senators, and made a name for himself as one of the best enforcers in the league. After being traded in 2008 to the Phoenix Coyotes, McGrattan struggled with substance abuse which required the NHL superstar to seek rehabilitation that would change his life for the better. McGrattan later returned to hockey with a new outlook on life, and returned to the Calgary Flames where he became a positive influence amongst his team.  McGrattan moved on to play overseas with the Nottingham Panthers in England where he retired as a hockey player in 2017. 

Although McGrattan retired, he never abandoned hockey completely, taking on a position as the director of player assistance for the Flames providing mentorship to players in need. 

McGrattan is competing with Vanessa James as his partner. He is skating for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society — a charity that works towards helping find shelter for homeless animals in Alberta communities.