(August 29, 2013 St Louis MO) Gait Lacrosse is proud to announce the signing of John Grant Jr. as the newest member of the Gait Lacrosse Advisory Staff.
Grant brings a wealth of knowledge and Championship experience to his new role in the development of Gait Lacrosse equipment and youth training camps.
“I am excited to join Gait Lacrosse in their new direction that focuses on true performance,” Grant said during a recent press conference. “I look forward to playing an integral role in the development of a product line that elevates performance for all players – from the novice to the highest level.”
“I am joining a team of talented lacrosse experts, such as Randy Fraser, who understand the intricacies of equipment and what truly enhances performance.” Grant added. “The game consumes my life, and I really can’t wait to use my vast experience to help take Gait to the next level of lacrosse innovation.”
“Gait Lacrosse is honored to welcome a player of Grant’s caliber to our team,” stated Gait Lacrosse/Miken Sports General Manager Jim Hoscheit. “Grant’s addition reflects our commitment to the development of an expansive line of high performance equipment for authentic, hard core lacrosse players.”
“Jr really needs no introduction” Jason Rabjohn, National Tech Rep for Gait Lacrosse Canada mentioned. “He is one of the most decorated and recognizable Lacrosse players on the planet and I’m excited to have him on our team”.
Being a world-class lacrosse player is part of Grant’s heritage. His father, John Grant, Sr., was also a very successful professional lacrosse player, starring for the Canadian National Team and the NLL’s Philadelphia Wings.
The Canadian-born Grant began playing his Youth Lacrosse in his hometown of Peterborough Ontario and still represents them to this day, playing for the hometown Lakers. He was named Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) Jr A Most Valuable Player in 1994. In 1995 he led off his Major Series Lacrosse career by capturing the Rookie of the Year Award. He has helped bring 5 Mann Cups to “the Boro” in the last 9 years, twice earning the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy for Mann Cup Most Valuable Player.
Grant played for the University of Delaware for two years. He helped guide the Blue Hens to a 23 and 8 record during his two-year tenure. In 1999, Grant set single-season U of Delaware school records for assists (54) and points (110). Additionally in 1999, he was named the USILA National Collegiate Player of the Year and led the country in assists and points. He earned USILA Division I Player of the Year honors and was awarded the Jack Turnbull Award as National Attackman of the Year.
Grant was drafted 1st overall by the Rochester Knighthawks in the 1999 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft, and was named NLL Rookie of the Year for the 2000 season. In 2007 Grant was named NLL Most Valuable Player, captured his first Champions Cup, as a member of the Rochester Knighthawks and was named Champions Cup Most Valuable Player. In 2012 with the Colorado Mammoth, Grant set a new NLL record for Points in a season (116) on his way to capturing his 2nd NLL Most Valuable Player Award. He sits 3rd All-Time in Goals, 5th All-Time in Assists and 3rd All-Time in points in NLL history.
Grant has also excelled at the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) level, where he has won 4 Steinfield Cup Championships. Most recently Back-to-Back (2012/2013) titles with the Chesapeake Bayhawks and also being named the 2013 Championship Most Valuable Player. He has 3 MLL Offensive Player of the Year Awards and 2 MLL Most Valuable Player Awards.
Grant has represented Canada Internationally since 1998 and has earned All-World honours 3 times. In 2006 Grant was instrumental in leading Canada to its 1st ILF World Field Lacrosse Championships Gold Medal since 1978. Grant led the 2006 tournament in points and assists, earning All-World Team selection. He has also won 3 World Indoor Championships and 1 Heritage Cup Championship.
In addition to playing in the NLL, MLL, MSL and on the Canadian National Team, Grant conducts camps and clinics across the North America and Internationally.
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