Charles Grant chats with Junior Wildcats' assistant coach Andrew Walker during the team's Dec. 17 practice. - John DeCoste, www.kingscountynews.ca
By John DeCoste
What does an Ivy League goalie do on his Christmas break? If he’s Charles Grant, he drops by the Valley Junior A Wildcats’ practice in Kentville, as the Berwick native did Dec. 17.
Grant, now in his second year at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., didn’t just watch the practice - he stepped between the pipes and faced some shots.
“He’s on his Christmas break, and he’s here for a little extra practice,” Wildcats’ head coach Nick Greenough said.
And with number-one goalie Blade Mann-Dixon still not quite 100 per cent recovered from a shoulder injury, Grant got the chance to take his turn in goal in rotation with Mann-Dixon and Dylan Frank.
Grant says things are “going well” at Dartmouth, where he is the starting goalie in his second season with the team.
“We got off to a bit of a rough start, but as of late, we’ve been playing better,” he said. “We’ve beaten a couple of pretty good teams lately. We’re on the upswing for sure.”
Grant, who has two more years of eligibility after this one, said he has “no regrets at all” over choosing Dartmouth.
“I love it there,” he said, adding that the Ivy League features “pretty good hockey.” Yale, another Ivy League school, "won the entire NCAA last season.”