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Position: Center
Junior Experience: 4 Seasons
Date of Birth: 01/01/1983
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185lbs
NHL Status: Eligable in 2004
How Acquired: Trade with Barrie (2001)

Matt Grennier known by some fans as: "Crazy legs" is one of the fastest skaters in all of the Ontario Hockey League.  His crazy legs have seen three stops during his career, which started in Brampton.  The Battalion drafted Grennier 22nd overall in the 1999 entry draft (the last OHL Midget draft), he arrived at the OHL as an underager, his impact on the Battalion who were only in their second season of operation was pretty much instantaneous, he scored a modest 7 goals, including 3 game winners during that rookie campaign.  Offensively things really didn't progress too much from their for the speedy winger, his top goal output occurred during his sophomore season where he tallied 8 goals in a season split between the Battalion and the Colts.

With the Battalion looking like contenders in 2000-'01, Matt Grennier was involved in what is still regarded as the biggest trade in franchise history for the Battalion.  Tyler Hanchuk, Matt Grennier and netminder: David Chant were sent to the Colts in exchange for OHL champion goaltender: Brian Finley.  The deal proved costly for the Battalion who acquired an injured netminder, and it especially looked bad when Hanchuk and Chant led the Colts to the OHL final the next postseason.  Grennier by that point was acquired by Peter DeBoer who was looking for a utility forward who possessed speed and could be used on the penalty kill.  Grennier's specialty has been faceoffs, and the forecheck, he's often trusted to guard against the oppositions' top line.

During his four year career, Grennier wasn't as productive as projected, keeping in mind that players like Kitchener's own Derek Roy were drafted after him during the 1999 OHL entry draft.  Perhaps Matt would have benefited from an extra season of seasoning at the Tier II level prior to making the jump to the OHL, where he could have developed more of an offensive upside.  The one thing that all youngsters in Kitchener could come to easily admire about Grennier was his acceptance of his role with the Rangers.  At times his ice time wasn't as high as desired during the season,  but during the postseason he was rewarded with ice time in some key situations.  Matt Grennier is planning on playing University hockey during the 2003-'04 season.
 

Statistics
 
Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
1999-2000 Brampton Battalion
58
7
3
10
23
-3
0
0
2000-2001 Brampton Battalion
32
4
6
10
13
0
0
0
2000-2001 Barrie Colts
30
4
2
6
6
-4
0
2
2001-2002 Barrie Colts
11
1
1
2
2
-1
1
0
2001-2002 Kitchener Rangers
45
6
8
14
37
9
1
2
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
65
7
13
20
59
1
0
1
Career Totals
241
29
33
62
177
2
2
5
Photo: Stephen Gardiner Photography