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08-29-2009, 12:44 PM
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With their 3rd and 4th picks in the 11th AAA draft, the Cumberland County Cool Blues are pleased to select first, a Minnesota North Star legend, from The Pas, Manitoba, defenceman...

Curt Giles

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Curt Giles was a steady defenceman who could pass the puck up ice effectively. He played nearly 900 games for three different teams between 1979-80 and 1992-93 but was best known as a fixture on the Minnesota North Stars' blueline.

Born in The Pas, Manitoba, Giles played four years with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and was chosen 54th overall by the North Stars. He began the 1979-80 season with the CHL's Oklahoma City Stars but joined Minnesota when injuries hit their defence corps. Giles stepped in and showed surprising poise for a rookie while helping the team reach the semifinals. Along the way the young Stars defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the quarterfinals to end their four-Cup dynasty.

Beginning in 1980-81 Giles was a regular for over six years in Minnesota and helped the squad reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history in 1981. The next year, after Minnesota was upset in the first round of the playoffs, he joined Team Canada and helped them win the bronze medal at the World Championships. Early in the 1986-87 season the steady rearguard was traded to the New York Rangers but returned to his original club twelve months later. In 1991 his veteran savvy helped Minnesota reach the finals for the second time.
He was captain of the team during the '91 playoff run, to go along with 3 North Star team MVP awards and 5 team best defenceman awards.

Second, we are pleased to select another North Star legend, a two-time top-10 goal-scorer and a man Marcel Dionne described as, "the best left winger I ever played with. He was always working, had a great shot and was always near the net." From Fredericton, New Brunswick...

Danny Grant

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
...The following year he turned pro with the Montreal Canadiens, but failed to squeeze his way into their talented lineup on a permanent basis. In 1968, the Habs traded Grant to the Minnesota North Stars. The move launched his career in a big way. By the end of his first full NHL campaign, he set rookie scoring records of the day with 34 goals and 64 points. He was rewarded with the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

From there, Grant just kept moving up. In the first phase of his career, he proved to be very durable. He managed to run up a string of 566 straight games played. And although he was not a swift skater, he was strong on his blades. He was also characterized as a tough winger who was clever, worked hard and packed a swift, accurate wrist shot.

He used these attributes to remain as a steady scorer throughout his six campaigns in Minnesota. But before the start of year seven, the Stars' management wanted a shakeup of the club's roster. By the time the ice chips settled, Grant was a Detroit Red Wing skating alongside Marcel Dionne. The two players complemented each brilliantly. By the end of the 1974-75 season, Grant had potted 50 goals.
Grant was also applauded for his improved defensive effort after his trade to Detroit, as shown by a quote from Joe Pelletier.

Playing along side Marcel Dionne, Grant exploded for 50 goals and 87 points. He also was lauded for his defensive effort, and even became a regular on the penalty kill unit.

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