10 , 2002
Measures Up: Grant Stevenson
forward Grant Stevenson of Minnesota State University,
streaks are on the line this weekend when Minnesota State
University, Mankato hosts Colorado College in a two-game
WCHA set. The first-place Tigers are in the midst of a 14-game
unbeaten streak. Meanwhile, Minnesota State forward Grant
Stevenson extended his point streak to 10 games with two
goals and two assists as the Mavericks took three of four
points from Alaska Anchorage. The sophomore from Spruce
Grove, Alta., shares the league lead in scoring with 10
goals and 10 assists in conference play. With 13 goals and
15 assists in 14 games, Stevenson ranks third in the nation
in points per game, trailing only Peter Sejna of Colorado
College and North Dakota's Zach Parise.
College Hockey caught up with Stevenson this week to talk
about the Mavericks' season, how his game has changed since
last year, and the Hall of Famer in the family.
College Hockey: Your team has had a pretty weird first half
to the season. No real losing streaks, but no real winning
streaks either. Still, you're right in the thick of the
race for a home-ice spot in the playoffs.
Stevenson: We had a pretty tough first half. We
learned a lot, had some ups and downs and still played pretty
well. We're maybe not getting the results we'd like to get.
I think in the second half, we need to turn around and get
back to finishing plays and doing the things we need to
do to win games and start getting on a role.
You've managed to post a few big wins this season -- beating
Minnesota, splitting with St. Cloud State -- but we never
really hear much about Minnesota State. What's the reason
We can't really influence what happens outside the rink.
We can only control what we do on the ice. We know we're
a good hockey team and we have a lot of potential. Sticking
in games with North Dakota and Minnesota, teams like that
are supposed to be powerhouses in the league and in the
country and it's a big boost for us. It lets us know that
we're in the thick of things and we can compete with those
types of teams. It's just a matter of fine-tuning things.
In the WCHA, everyone obviously guns for Minnesota, but
your school has a long history with St. Cloud State and
you've given North Dakota fits in recent years. In your
mind, who's the biggest rival?
Being a Canadian, they're all good teams and I get pumped
up just as much for each of them. But I know the guys from
around here, the Gophers are the big rivalry and that's
the team they want to beat all the time. The vibe in the
dressing room and the talk around the rink when we're playing
the Gophers, everyone is pretty fired up so that's probably
our biggest rivalry. But we're starting to develop a rivalry
with St. Cloud and going up to North Dakota, we play pretty
well up there, but I'd have to say Minnesota is still the
You had a pretty good freshman year, with eight goals and
eight assists. But you've really come into your own this
year. What's made the biggest difference?
I felt my way around last year and was pretty frustrated.
I didn't have a great year last year and felt I could've
done a lot better. Coming into this year, I worked pretty
hard this summer to have a good year and I expected a lot
of big things from myself. It's just a matter of having
confidence and capitalizing on the opportunities and trying
to make more plays. It's been going well -- our power play
is clicking and it helps a lot when you can get the power
play going. When you can throw it around and get a couple
of goals early and get the confidence going, it helps your
game in the long run.
What is the scouting report on Grant Stevenson?
(Laughing) I don't know! I like to think I have pretty good
speed and can see the ice well. I like to pass, too. Shane
Joseph and I play pretty well together, so I try to be a
You've got a unique hockey background in that your grandfather
of Famer Glenn Hall. With you being a forward and he
a former goaltender, have you picked his brain for advice?
Definitely. I've talked to him about it before and he gives
me little tips, like changing angles and given me stuff
to do that's tough on goalies. I try to take that all in.
I don't know how well I do it, but he definitely tries to
help me out if I have any questions or I'm in a slump or
if I need some tips, I just give him a call.
What's the best story your grandfather has told you about
his playing days?
His book just came out, so I've got more stories out of
his book than he's told me. I haven't had a lot of time
to read it, but I'm about halfway through right now. It's
pretty good. We don't really sit down and talk about the
times he's played and he doesn't really tell me the juicy
stories. But he'd tell me about the little pranks they used
to pull back in the day and how different the hockey was
and stuff like that. I remember him telling me a story about
him taking a puck in the cheek and he was able to stick
his tongue through his cheek. They called time out, he went
into the dressing room, stitched up and came back out.
So if you took a puck in the cheek like he did, you'd just
go to the trainer, get some stitches and not miss a shift?
I don't know. That's pretty amazing.