July 25, 1964|
Downers Grove, Illinois, United States
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
120th overall, 1982|
New York Rangers
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2002||Colorado Avalanche (Asst.)|
|2005–2008||Colorado Avalanche (Asst.)|
|2009–2014||Pittsburgh Penguins (Asst.)|
|2014||Team USA (Asst.)|
|2014–2016||Detroit Red Wings (Asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||34–34–5 (.500) [College]|
Anthony Lewis Granato (born July 25, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey left winger and current head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey team. He served as head coach of the United States men's national ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Previously, he also served as head coach of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Colorado Avalanche, as well as with the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins as an assistant coach.
New York Rangers
Following high school, Granato was drafted by the New York Rangers in the sixth round, 120th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. After a college career at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Granato made an immediate impact in his first season with the Rangers in 1988–89, leading the team in goals scored (36), which still stands as the team record for goals by a rookie. In what Rangers at the time called "the biggest [deal] in club history", Granato was traded with teammate Tomas Sandström to the Los Angeles Kings on January 20, 1990, in exchange for center Bernie Nicholls.
Los Angeles Kings
Granato continued to be a prolific goal scorer with the Kings and was a key player in their run to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, contributing 17 points over the course of the playoffs. During a February 9, 1994, game in Los Angeles, Granato, after receiving a hard hit from the Chicago Blackhawks' Neil Wilkinson, retaliated by hitting Wilkinson in the head with a two-handed slash. Granato was subsequently suspended by the NHL for 15 games. As of 2012, this was the seventh-longest suspension in NHL history. On January 25, 1996, Granato suffered a serious head injury in a game against the Hartford Whalers that resulted in a bleeding on the left lobe of his brain. He underwent surgery and although there was speculation he would not play again, he returned to the ice in the 1996–97 NHL season after being traded to the San Jose Sharks.
San Jose Sharks
Granato returned to the ice in the 1996–97 NHL season with San Jose. Due to concerns of further brain injury, Granato wore a specially padded helmet as a precautionary measure. He had a productive first season in San Jose registering 25 goals and 15 assists in 76 games. In 1997, Granato received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. However, his productivity steadily declined, with only 59 collective points in his remaining four seasons with the Sharks. He retired as a player after the 2001 season.
Granato joined the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant coach prior to the 2002–03 NHL season. After a sub-par start to the season, the Avalanche fired head coach Bob Hartley on December 18, 2002, and Granato was subsequently promoted to replace him. Following the slow start under Hartley, the Avalanche went 32–11–4–4 under Granato and captured their ninth consecutive division title (including one title as the Quebec Nordiques). However, they lost in the first round of the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs to the Minnesota Wild in seven games after a 3–1 series lead. In his first full season behind the bench, Granato led Colorado to a 40–22–20 record, finishing second in their division. During the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Avalanche defeated the Dallas Stars in five games in the quarter-finals, but lost to the Sharks in six games in the semi-finals.
After the disappointing playoff loss to the Sharks, Granato was replaced by Joel Quenneville. Granato was reassigned and agreed to stay on as an assistant, holding that position for three seasons. On May 22, 2008, Granato was renamed head coach of the Avalanche after the departure of Quenneville for the 2008–09 NHL season. The Avalanche posted a record of 32–45–5, the worst since the team moved from Quebec in 1995, and Granato was fired on June 5, 2009.
On August 5, 2009, Granato joined the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Penguins, signing on as an assistant coach. Granato guided the Penguin's defense (2.49 goals against per game, tenth) and penalty killing (85.0 percent, fifth) to top-ten league finishes during the 2013–14 NHL season.
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten) (2016–present)|
Postseason invitational champion
Granato is the older brother of Hall of Fame hockey player Cammi Granato, and is the brother-in-law of former NHL player Ray Ferraro. Tony and his wife, Linda, are the parents of four children. Tony still has a lot of personal connections to his hometown, Downers Grove. Siblings Don, Rob, and Cammi were influenced by the Chicago Blackhawks and the 1980's Winter Olympics USA gold medal.
Awards and achievements
|All-WCHA Second Team||1984–85|||
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||1984–85|||
|All-WCHA Second Team||1986–87|||
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||1986–87|||
- 1986–87 NCAA (WCHA) Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year
- 1988–89 NHL All-Rookie Team
- 1996–97 All-Star Game
- 1996–97 NHL Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Regular season and playoffs
|1983–84||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||35||14||17||31||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||42||33||34||67||94||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||32||25||24||49||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||42||28||45||73||64||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||NHL||78||36||27||63||140||4||1||1||2||21|
|1989–90||New York Rangers||NHL||37||7||18||25||77||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||19||5||6||11||45||10||5||4||9||12|
|1990–91||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||68||30||34||64||154||12||1||4||5||28|
|1991–92||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||39||29||68||187||6||1||5||6||10|
|1992–93||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||81||37||45||82||171||24||6||11||17||50|
|1993–94||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||50||7||14||21||150||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||33||13||11||24||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||49||17||18||35||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||San Jose Sharks||NHL||76||25||15||40||159||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||San Jose Sharks||NHL||59||16||9||25||70||1||0||0||0||0|
|1998–99||San Jose Sharks||NHL||35||6||6||12||54||6||1||1||2||2|
|1999–2000||San Jose Sharks||NHL||48||6||7||13||39||12||0||1||1||14|
|2000–01||San Jose Sharks||NHL||61||4||5||9||65||4||1||0||1||4|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|COL||2002–03||51||32||11||4||4||(105)||1st in Northwest||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|COL||2003–04||82||40||22||13||7||100||2nd in Northwest||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|COL||2008–09||82||32||45||—||5||69||5th in Northwest||Did not qualify|
- Ryan Van Bibber (April 2, 2012). "Penguins Assistant Coach Tony Granato And Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette Fined By NHL". SB Nation. National Hockey League. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Steve Springer (January 21, 1990). "Nicholls Goes to Rangers : Kings: They get right wingers Sandstrom and Granato for third-leading scorer in NHL. McNall, Vachon say it will improve defense". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "1992-93 Los Angeles Kings Roster and Statistics". Hockey Reference. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- John Hoven (May 11, 2012). "1993: Looking back at the LA Kings vs Toronto Maple Leafs". Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Lisa Dillman (January 31, 1996). "Head Injury Puts Kings' Granato Into the Hospital". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Tony Lewis Granato Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Tony Cooper (September 11, 1996). "New Shark Survived A Scare / Granato suffered severe head injury". SFGate. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Tony Granato NHL. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "Hartley fired by Avalanche". Deseret News. December 19, 2002. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "Granato will return to assistant job". ESPN.com. ESPN. Associated Press. July 8, 2004. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "Granato named head coach". avalanche.nhl.com. May 22, 2008. Archived from the original on January 17, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "Granato introduced as head coach of Avalanche". avalanche.nhl.com. May 22, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Terry Frei (June 3, 2009). "Granato gone as Avs clean house". Denver Post. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Adrian Dater (June 3, 2009). "Ex-Avs coach: "Nature of the Game"". Denver Post. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Bill Roose (July 15, 2014). "Granato brings passion to Wings' staff". Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Kyle Kujawa (July 15, 2014). "Red Wings hire Tony Granato as assistant coach". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "NCAA Hockey: Wisconsin announces head coach Tony Granato and staff". NCAA.com. March 30, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "Badgers pick Wings assistant Granato as hockey coach". Detroit Free Press. March 30, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "Tony Granato to coach US men's hockey at Olympics". FOX Sports. August 4, 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Mary Clarke (February 21, 2018). "USA men's hockey's failure to medal in Olympics is unsurprising, but frustrating". SB Nation. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Chris Kuc. "U.S. men's hockey coach Tony Granato: 'I still have a lot of Illinois in me'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Player profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
|Awards and achievements|
| Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award Winner
1988–89 NHL season
| Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner
| Big Ten Coach of the Year
| Colorado Avalanche head coach