Leadership, dedication and confidence are just some of the qualities that make a stellar hockey coach. These qualities will be on constant display in Season Five of Hit The Ice. This year, John Chabot is joined by two other former NHLers whose willingness to bring each player to his full potential will impress and inspire viewers.
Defenseman, Winnipeg Jets, #24
From Gloucester Ontario, Grant Clitsome was born on April 14th, 1985. He was drafted 271st overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Clitsome then committed to playing in the ECAC with Clarkson University for four years. During his rookie season in the collegiate league he led all Clarkson defensemen in scoring with 13 points. During his second season he served as the Golden Knights’ top blueliner on the team’s Power Play. He continued to thrive in the league and his efforts and talent did not go unnoticed. In 2008 he made his pro debut with the Syracuse Crunch where he registered 19 points in his first season and 20 points in his second. He was called up to the NHL on March 2nd, 2010 providing two assists for the Blue Jackets and earning the game’s third star. He scored his first NHL goal three weeks later and ended up finishing the season with the Blue Jackets. In February 2012 Clitsome was put on waivers and was claimed by the Winnipeg Jets where he now serves as a top puck-moving defenseman. Grant is excellent at moving the puck. While he is known for his offensive prowess, Clitsome is also very solid defensively. He is also efficient in one-on-one situations, mainly because of his willingness to get physical and the fact that he is a fierce competitor. Not too mention that he is also blessed with great passing skills and a wicked slapshot.