Two-time league MVP Grant re­tires

Mam­moth star’s stats sec­ond only to Tavares

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - By Budd Bai­ley

It has been a busy day in the Na­tional Lacrosse League, with one un­ex­pected an­nounce­ment and one bit of busi­ness left over from last sea­son.

The sur­prise was that John Grant Jr. an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the Colorado Mam­moth. Grant, 42, ranks as one of the great­est play­ers in the his­tory of lacrosse. He won two tro­phies as the league’s Most Valu­able Player, and was a nine-time Al­lPro se­lec­tion. He trails only ex-Buf­falo Ban­dit John Tavares in goals (668) and points (1,446). For the Mam­moth, Grant needed six-plus sea­sons to be­come the team’s all­time leader in goals (235). The for­ward was known through­out his ca­reer as one of the best stick­han­dlers in the sport.

“I love my fam­ily, and I love lacrosse,” Grant said. “The game has given so much to me. It’s bit­ter­sweet to ac­cept that my play­ing ca­reer is over, but I can re­tire know­ing that I’ve given the sport and the peo­ple who sup­port it ev­ery­thing I had. Thank you to the Rochester Knighthawks for draft­ing me, and to the Colorado Mam­moth for keep­ing me in the game into my for­ties. I’m un­be­liev­ably lucky and eter­nally grate­ful for hav­ing the chance to live out my dream as a pro­fes­sional lacrosse player.”

The Buf­falo Ban­dits drafted Grant in 1995 in the third round, but could not sign him to a con­tract.

Mean­while, the league an­nounced its All-Pro and All-Rookie teams. The cham­pion Ge­or­gia Swarm had four play­ers on the two teams. Ex-Ban­dit Jay Thorim­bert of New Eng­land was a sec­ond team se­lec­tion. No Buf­falo play­ers were se­lected.

Lyle Thomp­son, Ge­or­gia; Mark Matthews, Saskatchewan; Corey Small, Van­cou­ver; Ja­son No­ble, Ge­or­gia; Dil­lon Ward, Colorado.

Cur­tis Dick­son, Calgary; Kevin Crow­ley, New Eng­land; Shayne Jackson, Ge­or­gia; Graeme Hos­sack, Rochester; Thorim­bert, New Eng­land; Mike Poulin, Ge­or­gia.

Tom Schreiber, Toronto; Kyle Jackson, Rochester; Josh Currier, Rochester; La­trell Hal­lis, Toronto; Mike Mes­sen­ger, Saskatchewan; Joel Coyle, New Eng­land.

John Grant Jr., when he was a Rochester Knighthawk, is guarded by Kyle Sch­mei­zle of the Ban­dits in a 2010 game.

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