Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 13, 2014
East Blue Hill boy propels Junior Black Bears to tourney wins
Curran Granger, left, a 12-year-old hockey player from East Blue Hill, helps his Junior Black Bears team skate to the championship win at the Mid-Coast Classic Tournament on March 9.
by Anne Berleant
A young East Blue Hill hockey player, 12-year-old Curran Granger, helped the Maine Junior Black Bears skate to a silver medal in the Maine Showdown Tournament, held between February 28 and March 2. He was named MVP in the semifinal, scoring two goals.
“He’s usually a defense man,” said father Bob Granger.
Twenty-four teams in two divisions from across Maine and New England competed in the three-day tournament, which was held in the Portland area.
Curran and his winning team followed up the silver by nabbing the Championship Cup on March 9 at the 2014 Mid-Coast Classic Hockey Tournament. The Pee-Wee Division team is 8-2 in tournament play this year.
A seventh-grader at Blue Hill Consolidated School, Granger is in his second year on the team, but had been pushing to play for a lot longer.
“He kept asking us if he could play hockey,” Bob Granger said. “He made his own little rink out [in] the back[yard], and finally talked us into [it] last year.”
His progress has been swift: Granger was named to the Maine Nor’Easters, a 15-member Tier III travel team that will compete in New England tournaments in March and April.
Bob Granger points to his son’s early childhood as to what spurred his desire to play.
“We used to go to all of the [University of Maine] Black Bear games,” he said.