Absent the existence of a state-wide list of New Hampshire’s all-time scoring leaders, there is no way to know where Goffstown High School’s senior standout Grady Chretien slots into the pantheon of the Granite State’s very best scorers.
This much, however, is absolute: Chretien accomplished something pretty amazing Wednesday night when he scored his 100th career goal early in the first period of the Grizzlies’ 6-2 victory against D3 Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield.
It was Chretien’s fourth hat trick (12th career) in his past five games (17 total goals), including a five-goal outburst in a 6-3 win against D1 Bow on Feb. 15. Not coincidentally Goffstown has won 4-of-5 after losing its first six games and Chretien’s season line through just 11 games in this COVID-shortened season stands at 23-8-31.
Chretien was a First Team All-State selection as a junior when he scored a jaw-dropping 42 goals and 58 points. A four-year varsity regular, he had a 12-7-19 line as a freshman and 25-11-36 totals as a sophomore. He passed Colby Gamache as the program’s all-time scoring leader earlier this year and now has 102 goals — 42 more than the next closest player Noah Charron’s 60 — to go along with 40 assists for his career. He is one of seven 100-point scorers in Goffstown’s history.
His success is not random. Head coach Ben Slocum said Chretien has complemented his obvious talent with rigorous film study while remaining a team-first player.
“His commitment to the success of our team is unmatched. He studies the game and watches more game film of our games and upcoming opponents almost more than the coaching staff. His ability to change the course of a game with his determination and effort is next to no player. He is very humble and looks to include all the players so they succeed in their own rights. His team-first mentality is more than any coach could ask for.” Slocum said.
“Grady is a kid you just can’t cheer hard enough for. He is a quiet young man but his play is impossible to miss and speaks volumes in his presence on the ice,” said Steve Beal, a veteran chronicler of Goffstown hockey.
Beal cited Monday’s 3-2 OT loss to D1 Nashua North/Souhegan as an example of Chretien’s leadership qualities. As the Grizzlies headed off the ice, Chretien went straight to console his classmate Maddie Sage, the program’s all-time leader in wins for goaltenders, after her 39-save performance.
“He didn’t just pat her on the helmet, but bent and leaned in to talk to and verbally lift up his teammate. Nobody had to tell him to do such a thing,” Beal observed.
That leadership shows up off the ice as well.
“He almost single-handedly saved the winter sports season as he quietly wrote letters to the powers that be, advocating for all his fellow student-athletes, so that winter sports could be played,” Beal noted.
“Grady is the complete package both as a player on the ice and as a person off. He is well respected by his teammates and peers along with the other coaches in our division,” Slocum added.
The Grizzlies wrap up their regular season Saturday night at home against D1 Manchester Central/West. They begin tournament play next Wednesday, March 5, with a D2 preliminary round game against Portsmouth/Newmarket, a team they did not play during the regular season due to the implementation of regional scheduling.
Chretien plans to attend Roger Williams this fall to study business and will play club hockey.
“Personally, I have never seen anything like him in NH hockey. I imagine someone somewhere in NH has eclipsed this mark before, but I don’t know who or when,” Beal concluded.