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Grant "Knobby" Warwick, RW



- 5'6", 155 lbs
- Top-20 in Goals Six Times (7th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th)
- Top-20 in Assists Three Times (16th, 17th, 19th)
- Top-20 in Points Five Times (15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947)
- Calder memorial Trophy (1942)
- Best points percentages by the seventies system: 71, 67, 61, 56, 56, 49, 47

Warwick's career outside the NHL is impressive as well. It seems like every year he was either a champion, a finalist, an all-star, or led his league or tournament in scoring:

- Memorial Cup Finalist (1940)
- Allan Cup Champion (1941)
- On pace for 4th in AHL scoring - played half of season in NHL (1950)
- 2nd in AHL scoring (1951)
- 8th in AHL scoring - on pace for 2nd, missed time (1952)
- On pace to lead OSHL in scoring, 1st AST, was leading playoff scorer, Allan Cup Finalist, Allan Cup Scoring Leader (1953)
- 7th in OSHL scoring, 1st AST, was leading playoff scorer, Allan Cup Champion, Allan Cup Scoring Leader (1954)
- 4th in OSHL scoring, on pace for 1st, 1st AST, 2nd in Olympic scoring, Won Olympic Gold (1955)
- OSHL leading scorer, 1st AST (1956)
- 1st in OSHL playoff assists, 4th in points (1958)

Warwick might have the most diverse and impressive North American non-NHL post-merger resume of any player! (completely aside from the fact that he was a very good NHL player)

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Originally Posted by loh.net
An unselfish decision turned out to be the best one Grant Warwick ever made in his hockey career.

With Canada, represented by the Penticton Vees senior club, set to face the Soviet Union in the game that would decide the gold medal at the 1955 World Championship, the 33-year-old player-coach announced to his players that he would not play. Warwick was so intent on winning the world title that he wanted to concentrate on his duties behind the bench. He had been effective earlier in the tournament on a line with his brothers, Bill and Dick.

Before the game in Krefeld, West Germany, Warwick warned his players that if they lost they had better not go home, they might as well go to China. The year before in Stockholm, the Soviets, competing in their first world tournament, had dealt a huge blow to Canadian hockey pride by trouncing the Toronto East York Lyndhursts 7-2 to win the gold medal. Penticton played almost a perfect game, shutting out the defending champions 5-0, and the Warwick brothers, who grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, became the toast not only of Penticton, British Columbia, but of all Canada.

In the 1952-53 season volunteers from the Penticton fan club had raised $1,300 by passing the hat at a game to help pay for Warwick's release from the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League. After joining the Vees in British Columbia's Okanagan Senior Hockey League in December, Warwick scored 19 goals in 31 games as the Penticton club won the Western Canada senior championship and traveled east to face the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen in the Allan Cup finals. The Vees lost the series, but made no mistake the following year when they played host to the Sudbury Wolves and won the Allan Cup in seven games despite trailing early in the series. Warwick scored two key goals in the fifth game to tie the score twice and keep Penticton alive. As a result of their championship, the Vees were selected by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to represent their country at the 1955 World Championship and Warwick was named player-coach for the 1954-55 season.

Grant "Knobby" Warwick had been the NHL's rookie of the year in the 1941-42 season with the New York Rangers and had spent eight seasons and part of a ninth in the league, also playing briefly with Boston and Montreal. He scored 20 or more goals three times and finished his NHL career with 147 goals in 395 games.

Warwick was selected to play in the first NHL All-Star game at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1947, along with some of hockey's greatest stars, such as Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe.

Often in the doghouse in Boston for taking too many penalties, Warwick was welcomed with open arms in Montreal, where he played on a line with Bill Reay. But early in the 1949-50 season with Montreal he broke his nose and eventually ended up with the AHL Bisons.

He was traded to Boston in February of 1948 for three players, then sold to the Canadiens in October of 1949. He has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
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Originally Posted by Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide Of Everyone Who Has Ever Played in the NHL
It was in large measure due to his great play for the Regina Rangers en route to the Allan Cup that the Rangers wanted Warwick for the following year. Although he stood just 5'6", he was a chunky 172 pounds, and with a low centre of gravity he was tough as nails to knock around.
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Originally Posted by When the Rangers Were Young
Two young veterans, Tony Leswick and Grant Warwick, tough little fire hydrants both, also gave me high hopes.
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Originally Posted by Lewiston Evening Journal, 1948-10-21
Cagey little Grant Warwick...
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Originally Posted by Total Hockey
Following his career in the NHL, Warwick had his amateur status reinstated... served as Team Canada's playing coach in 1955 at the world championships... Canada breezed to the Championship with an 8-0 record, including a convincing 5-0 win over the Soviets in the final... Warwick declared that he was taking the trophy back to Canada, where it belonged. When the IIHF ordered Warwick to return the trophy in 1956, he had an exact replica made and sent it overseas instead. The original World Championship trophy would remain in Penticton where for many years it was displayed in a restaurant.
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Originally Posted by IIHF 1908-1978
The Penticton V's from British Columbia were given the task of gaining revenge for the defeat in Stockholm of the Lyndhurst motors. Stan Obodiac paid this tribute to the V's in 1955: "A team of friends, the best that Canada had ever sent to a World championship." The V's included the Warwick brothers. They were a genuine ex-professional troop - tough, humorous, but short on temper at times. In the last match of the tournament they beat the Soviets 5-0 and Canada were world champions once more.
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Originally Posted by Fischler's Hockey Encyclopedia
"Knobby" Warwick played a robust and efficient brand of offensive hockey for the Rangers from 1941 until he was dealt in 1947... Knobby received his amateur reinstatement and played for the Penticton V's, a senior team that won the Allan Cup in 1954. Surrounded by a hard-bitten crew, Knobby, along with his brothers, played in the world hockey championships in 1955. The canadians brought a boisterous, gashouse-gang style of hockey to the championships. Paced by the galvanic Warwick brothers, Penticton reached the finals against a heavily favoured Russian team and whipped them 5-0. b.
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Originally Posted by Hockey Is Our Game
The Warwick brothers were the backbone of the robust V's. Grant Warwick was the playing coach of the V's, and he established the standards of on-ice deportment, which was rather physical, to say the least. For the Warwicks, the trip to Gernamy wasn't merely the greatest hockey assignment of their lives - it was a sacred pilgrimage to restore our national pride. From the outset, the V's didn't act like members of the canadian diplomatic corps. On the ice, they hit anything that moved. Before the tournament had gone very far, the European crowds were whistling their passionate disapproval of these tactics... the Canadian hockey wasn't pretty, but it was efficient. Although the Russians had some truly great hockey players, including Bobrov and Sologubov, who were at the peak of their careers, they had never been exposed to this type of close checking... the Penticton game plan had been designed to contain Bobrov, who personally had destroyed the Lyndhursts the previous year. It was so effective that Bobrov didn't have a single shot on the Canadian net throughout the entire game.
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Originally Posted by War On Ice
Grant Warwick, short but rugged...

...The Warwicks were all hard-nosed products of Regina playgrounds - tough, sometimes rowdy, but singlemindedly dedicated to winning, at all costs... they owned a restaurant. They ran the hockey club. Some people felt sometimes that they were running the town. But they gave value.

...Jim Hunt, on hand for the Toronto Star, reported that during the quick interviews and pictures the V's often had their hands shaken by total strangers. The greetings were all variations of "Good luck! Make sure you really give it to the Russians!" Grant Warwick, having his hand shaken by men and women he'd never seen before, told Hunt, "It's wonderful and sort of frightening. But it certainly is making the boys realize what this tournament means to the people of Canada. I guarantee we'll be doing our utmost to live up to it."

...That's when Grant, whille we were waiting for the plane, got us all together. He didn't say much, except to repeat what the team had come over there for: to win. Then he stared around into every pair of eyes and said, "the next one that cuts up is on the next plane home."

...In Penticton they started a parade at the firehall, led by the firetruck and fire chief... The parade stopped at Grant Warwick's house... one great shout they heard was Grant's whooping message: "God Bless Canada! We brought the cup back home where it belongs and we'll keep it there!"


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