Just 30 minutes into this year’s free agency period the Florida Panthers were already signing players. One of those players was San Antonio Rampage goaltender, Dov Grumet-Morris. The Evanston, Illinois native has had a whirl-wind of a career so far playing for teams all over the globe.
Let’s start with the 2001-02 season. Dov started his first year at Harvard University and appeared in 21 games that season for the Crimson and ended the season with a 2.84 GAA and a .895 Save Percentage. In June, the Philadelphia Flyers selected Dov Grumet-Morris in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to Harvard for three more seasons , playing 93 more games for the Crimson. During his senior season, Dov had a 1.63 GAA and turned away 94.7% of the pucks that he faced. Those stats earned him the title of NCAA (New England) Most Valuable Player for the 2004-05 season. The next season, Grumet- Morris played in his first AHL game for the San Antonio Rampage before spending the rest of the season with the Laredo Bucks of the CHL. During the 2005-06 season, Dov played for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL in addition to spending time in the AHL with the Portland Pirates, Hamilton Bulldogs, and Manitoba Moose. The following season, Dov logged some more games with the Cyclones and added the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals to his resume too. When the Puck dropped for the 2008-09 season, Grumet-Morris was on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean playing in Austria for the Graz 99ers of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. That season he played 44 games for the 99ers, boasting a 2.71 GAA and a .917 Save Percentage. He remained in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga the next year, but this time he played for HK Acroni Jesenice, a Slovenian team. Dov returned back to North America at the start of the 2010-11 season and split time between the ECHL and AHL once again. This time he clocked some ice time with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors and the AHL’s Connecticut Whale. He hopped the pond once again last summer and began the season with the Lørenskog Ishockeyklubb in Norway. After 14 games in Norway, Dov headed back to where his pro-hockey career began—San Antonio, Texas.
The San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League were still trying to find their groove in mid-November, after several goaltending pairings were tested. Finally, things seemed to click when Dov Grumet-Morris joined the team. When Jacob Markström was having an off-night, or just needed a break, Grumet-Morris was there to take over. With lots of experience, he was a great match for the team. He led the Rampage with wins last season (12) and ended the regular season with a 2.33 GAA and a .921 Save Percentage.
If you’ve been counting that’s 13 different teams in five countries during the past 10 years. It’s been a long journey for Dov Grumet-Morris to say the least. Now, he’s back to where he started and hoping all of the experience he’s gained will lead him to a job in the NHL sometime soon.
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