Stu Grimson

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Stu Grimson
Born(1965-05-20) May 20, 1965 (age 47)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forCalgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Los Angeles Kings
Nashville Predators
NHL Draft186th overall, 1983
Detroit Red Wings
143rd overall, 1985
Calgary Flames
Playing career1987–2002
 
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Stu Grimson
Born(1965-05-20) May 20, 1965 (age 47)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forCalgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Los Angeles Kings
Nashville Predators
NHL Draft186th overall, 1983
Detroit Red Wings
143rd overall, 1985
Calgary Flames
Playing career1987–2002

A. Stuart Grimson (born May 20, 1965) is a former Canadian ice hockey forward. Grimson played in the National Hockey League from 1989 to 2002. During this time, he played for the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings, and Nashville Predators. Stu was known as an enforcer throughout his career. He compiled over 2,000 penalty minutes. His fearsome reputation as a fighter earned him the nickname "The Grim Reaper".

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Playing career

During his lengthy career, Stu improved as a fighter. In his younger days, he lacked balance, and was vulnerable to shorter, more powerfully built fighters. It was during his first stint with Anaheim that he began to show signs of improving his balance, and though his style still left him vulnerable, he scored wins over some of the league's tougher fighters.

It wasn't until the 1996–97 season, when Stu moved to Hartford, that he became one of the NHL's elite fighters. Almost overnight, his balance improved dramatically and he added some muscle to his previously lanky frame. In that season, he scored decisive wins over established fighters such as Randy McKay, Darren Langdon and Enrico Ciccone, and he battered Ryan Vandenbussche and Shane Churla of the New York Rangers in one-sided victories. The following season saw Stu move with the Whalers to Carolina, and as a Hurricane he continued to be a force in the league. He started a rivalry with Krzysztof Oliwa of the New Jersey Devils that season, which saw the two men fight several times over the next few seasons, usually to a draw.

Stu spent the next two seasons back in Anaheim, and played his final full season with the Los Angeles Kings in 2000–2001. He remained a respected and elite heavyweight fighter, but in his final season, in Nashville, he suffered from post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire after a fight with Georges Laraque of the Edmonton Oilers. He had already been suffering effects before that bout, and even admitted he once blacked out in the middle of a fight.

Stu enjoyed a career-long rivalry with legendary enforcer Bob Probert, considered by many observers to be one of the top fighters in NHL history. Though the consensus is that Probert got the better of the rivalry, Stu usually held his own and scored a couple of wins of his own against Probert.

In his final seasons, Stu built rivalries with a new generation of fighters, such as Georges Laraque, Krzysztof Oliwa and Scott Parker.

Career statistics

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1982–83Regina PatsWHL48011105500014
1983–84Regina PatsWHL6388161312101129
1984–85Regina PatsWHL71243256248812314
1985–86U. of ManitobaCIAU127411113
1986–87U. of ManitobaCIAU29881667
1987–88Salt Lake Golden EaglesIHL379514268
1988–89Salt Lake Golden EaglesIHL72918273971423586
1988–89Calgary FlamesNHL10005
1989–90Salt Lake Golden EaglesIHL62881631940008
1989–90Calgary FlamesNHL300017
1990–91Chicago BlackhawksNHL35011183500046
1991–92Indianapolis IceIHL511217
1991–92Chicago BlackhawksNHL542242341401110
1992–93Chicago BlackhawksNHL7811219320004
1993–94Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL77156199
1994–95Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL31011110
1994–95Detroit Red WingsNHL11000371110126
1995–96Detroit Red WingsNHL5601112820000
1996–97Detroit Red WingsNHL10000
1996–97Hartford WhalersNHL75224218
1997–98Carolina HurricanesNHL82347204
1998–99Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL73303158300030
1999–00Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL50123116
2000–01Los Angeles KingsNHL7232523550004
2001–02Nashville PredatorsNHL3011276
NHL totals729172239211342112120

Personal

Despite his fearsome reputation on the ice, Grimson won respect as an intelligent and articulate man off it. He became a born-again Christian in the early 1990s and led the NHL's Christian Fellowship ("Jesus was no wimp," Grimson said in one interview). After retiring, Grimson finished his undergraduate degree and began work on a law degree. He completed his law degree in December 2005 at the University of Memphis Law School and currently works for the Nashville law firm of Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Brothers, PLLC.

He has four children: Jayne, Kristjan, Hannah, and Erin.

Grimson appeared in a 2001 commercial spot for The Foundation for a Better Life. It begins with on-ice game action leading up to an intermission. While in the locker room with the team, Grimson receives a phone call. It is revealed that the caller is Grimson's young daughter, who asks him to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider. He reluctantly complies, much to the amusement of his teammates. Grimson replies "Hey, it's my girl! You know, my daughter?" The commercial showed a softer side of Grimson as a good family man.

During an October 6, 2011 edition of Hockey Night In Canada, Don Cherry accused Grimson, along with Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson, of being 'pukes' & 'hypocrites' for supposedly making a living as an enforcers and now complaining about it.[1] Grimson, now a lawyer, has indicated that he considered legal action against Don Cherry on behalf of himself, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson citing Cherry's claims as "baseless and slanderous."[2] After an apology on Hockey Night in Canada by Cherry, Grimson has reconsidered his lawsuit against Cherry stating that "This is a decision for Canadians. The CBC is your network; you pay for it. And you hold the network to certain standards and values."[3]

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