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.
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