Grant Clafton Reflects on Time as Head Coach of Greenway Boys Hockey

Updated: June 01, 2020 09:54 PM

Grant Clafton has stepped down as the head boy's hockey coach at Greenway after five seasons.


The decision was announced in the Greenway High School board meeting on Wednesday.

Clafton helped the Raiders reach three consecutive Section 7A championships from 2017-2019.

Greenway won the title in the 2018-2019 season. They defeated Hermantown to make a run in the state tournament where they fell 5-2 to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Class A championship game.

"If you work hard and you get through adversity you know good things will happen. I think that with our group of kids that year they were able to see that, and just seeing that play out throughout the whole year, it was probably the best experience I've had in hockey, playing, coaching or anything," said Grant Clafton.

Clafton, 37, leaves the program with a 90-41-2 record.

He resigned in part to spend more time with his family as his first child was born on Friday.

The former coach stated he accomplished what he wanted to at Greenway both on the ice, with rivalry upsets and a state visit, and off the ice. 

"I would say that my number one goal was to get them involved in off the ice activities. It's also important for those kids to see the real world. What we're doing on the rink and what we are going to accomplish on the rink is going to come from being good people," said Clafton.

His final goal was to leave the program better than it was when he took it.

Clafton said he knows the Raiders are being left in good hands and will be set for success next season.

Copyright 2020 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved


Classic car auction to support Wounded Warriors

Essentia donating 20,000 masks to local organizations

$100 million in housing relief to be available for Minnesotans

Minntac and Minorca each have one case of COVID-19

First day of face covering requirement in Duluth

Chalk Your Walk for Craig campaign on the Range