Anthony-John (AJ) Greer was born on December 14, 1996, in Joliette, Quebec, Canada. AJ left Quebec to pursue a career in hockey at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. In two seasons at the prep school, Greer would register 98 points in 64 games and become team captain in his second season. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward would play two games in the United States Hockey League for the Des Moines Buccaneers in 2013-14, scoring two goals. Greer would commit to play college hockey at Boston University in 2014-15 and become the youngest forward in the NCAA. On October 10, 2014, Greer scored his first collegiate goal against The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. AJ would score three goals in 37 games as BU reached the Frozen Four, but the following season Greer saw decreased playing time and left the team after 28 games.
Greer would join the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in December 2015. Greer would score 16 goals in 33 games and then post 22 points in the postseason as the Huskies won the league title. His performance in the QMJHL turned him into a solid NHL prospect.
Greer Drafted 39th Overall By The Colorado Avalanche
In the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected left-shot left-wing AJ Greer in the second round, pick number 39. This was the scout on Greer on thehockeywriters.com. “A massive and raw power forward…generates a good amount of speed and power with his stride…needs to work on foot speed and to keep his feet moving as that is when he is most dangerous…so physically dominant that at times, he looks like a man amongst boys on the ice and in the corners…needs to be more consistent with his physical play…has good athleticism for such a big kid…has a strong shot and hands that make him dangerous down around the opposition’s crease…needs to put on muscle mass and learn to utilize his impressive reach better…raw talent going the NCAA route…has a very impressive upside.
AJ Greer’s NHL Debut To Today
On November 13, 2016, Greer made his NHL debut against the Boston Bruins in a 2-0 loss for the Avalanche. The big forward played 16:34 of ice time and had two shots and one takeaway. AJ has played 49 career NHL games and four goals, including two in his most recent game with Boston. Greer played nine games with New Jersey in 2021-22 and signed with Boston after that season.
AJ Greer’s Contract Status
Greer signed a two-year, one-way deal worth $1.525 million with Boston in the off-season. AJ has played in the first two games of the season with the Bruins with two goals and has endeared himself to Boston fans with his physical play. Greer has been forthcoming about his past battles with mental health and credits a sports psychologist for getting him back on track. Greer is hoping that he will stick with his third NHL franchise.