Posted: July 23, 2013 -- 5:45 PM
MADISON, Wis. -- One day after six former Wisconsin men's hockey players were invited to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Orientation Camp as potential members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, a seventh, Tony Granato, was named one of three assistant coaches for Team USA.
The 2014 Olympic Winter games are set for Feb. 7-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Granato, currently an assistant coach with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, was a two-time All-American at Wisconsin and sits fourth all-time as a Badger with 220 points in his four-year career (1983-87). Ranking third in school history with 100 goals, Granato was the 1987 WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year. He returned to campus last fall as one of the Badgers honorary captains prior to the Badgers' exhibition contest against the Don Granato-coached U.S. Under-18 Team. He was also inducted into Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.
Granato spent three seasons as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche (2002-04, 2008-09) during his six years with the organization. That followed a 13-year NHL career with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. He played in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals with Los Angeles and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 1997 for his dedication to the game of hockey.
Granato becomes the first Wisconsin alum to serve as a men's hockey coach at an Olympics. Former Badger Mark Johnson served as head coach of the women's team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Others with ties to the UW program who have coached Olympic hockey teams include former Wisconsin head coach Bob Johnson, who was head coach of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, and former UW assistant coach Grant Standbrook, who was an assistant coach for Team USA in 1976.