Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Grosso
Don "The Count" Grosso played over 300 NHL games in the 30s and 40s. He was good scorer and checker who rarely found himself in the penalty box.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Grosso first made a name for himself with the Detroit Mundus of the MOHL in 1933-34. He then spent five years in the NOHA with Sudbury Falconbridge, and Kirkland Lake. Late in the 1938-39 season the young forward joined the Detroit Red Wings and scored two points in his debut. He also impressed with three points in the semifinal loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After missing the first part of the 1939-40 season to injury, Grosso was a solid role player in his rookie season. After another year spent as a checker, he burst out with 23 goals in 1941-42 while playing with Eddie Wares and Sid Abel. During the post-season he was brilliant with 14 points in 12 matches while helping the Wings reach the finals. That year they blew a 3 games to 0 lead to Toronto but rebounded the next season to sweep Boston in the championship round. Once again Grosso was a top performer with four goals and some determined checking.

In January, 1945, Grosso was dealt to the Chicago Black Hawks as part of the package for Earl Seibert. He was a solid two way performer for his new club but the Hawks were humiliated in the semifinals by Montreal in 1946. A few weeks later the veteran forward was sent to the Boston Bruins for cash but was strictly a utility player before he was relegated to the minors. Grosso spent 2 1/2 years in the AHL including a 34-goal performance for the St. Louis Flyers in 1947-48. He coached the NOHA's Soo Greyhounds for two years then came out of retirement for four games in 1951-52 before hanging up his skates for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1933-34 Detroit Mundus MOHL 10 8 1 9 17 6 3 0 3 8
1934-35 Sudbury Cub Wolves NBHL 7 3 0 3 4 5 1 2 3 2
1935-36 Falconbridge Falcons NBHL 10 7 6 13 10 3 4 1 5 4
1935-36 Falconbridge Falcons Al-Cup 13 8 3 11 18
1936-37 Sudbury Frood Miners NBHL 14 11 5 16 6 2 0 1 1 2
1936-37 Sudbury Frood Miners Al-Cup 14 13 5 18 4
1937-38 Falconbridge Falcons NBHL 13 13 8 21 2 3 1 2 3 6
1937-38 Falconbridge Falcons Al-Cup 9 5 9 14 15
1938-39 Kirkland Lake Blue Devils NBHL 7 17 12 29 2 2 4 2 6 0
1938-39 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 1 1 2 0 3 1 2 3 7
1938-39 Kirkland Lake Blue Devils Al-Cup 7 14 3 17 2
1939-40 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 2 3 5 11 5 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 8 7 15 14 9 1 4 5 0
1941-42 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 23 30 53 13 12 8 6 14 29
1942-43 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 15 17 32 10 10 4 2 6 10
1943-44 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 16 31 47 13 5 1 0 1 0
1944-45 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 6 10 16 6
1944-45 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 21 9 6 15 4
1945-46 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 7 10 17 17 4 0 0 0 17
1946-47 Boston Bruins NHL 33 0 2 2 2
1946-47 Hershey Bears AHL 25 8 14 22 34 11 4 6 10 2
1947-48 St. Louis Flyers AHL 65 34 47 81 10
1948-49 St. Louis Flyers AHL 63 10 45 55 17 7 0 2 2 4
1949-50 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 11 5 6 11
1950-51 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 4 0 1 1 0 8 2 2 4 12
NHL Totals 336 87 117 204 90 48 15 14 29 63


Jack Fox Trophy (Sportsmanship-AHL) (1948) Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Cully Simon and Butch McDonald for Earl Seibert and future considerations (Fido Purpur, January 4, 1945), January 2, 1945. Traded to Boston by Chicago for cash, June, 1946. Traded to St. Louis (AHL) by Boston for cash, June 14, 1947.
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