Tony Granato

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Tony Granato
Tony Granato 2011-10-13.JPG
As assistant coach of the Penguins, October 2011
Born (1964-07-25) July 25, 1964 (age 50)
Downers Grove, IL, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 120th overall, 1982
New York Rangers
Playing career 1988–2001

Anthony Louis Granato (born July 25, 1964[1]) is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger, and current assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Granato previously served as the head coach and assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche and assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2]

Playing career[edit]

New York Rangers[edit]

Following a college career at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Granato was drafted by the New York Rangers in the sixth round (120th overall) in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Granato made an immediate impact in his first NHL season with the Rangers, leading the team in goals scored (36). The following season, in what the Rangers officials (at the time) called 'the biggest [deal] in club history' Granato, along with Rangers teammate Tomas Sandstrom, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on January 20, 1990 for center Bernie Nicholls.[3]

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

Granato continued to be a prolific goal scorer with Kings. During a February 9, 1994 game in Los Angeles, Granato, after receiving a hard hit from Chicago's 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 7th longest suspension in NHL history. In 1997, while with the Sharks, Granato received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. On January 25, 1996, while still with the Kings, Granato suffered a serious head injury in a game against Hartford that resulted in a bleeding on the left lobe of his brain.[4] He underwent surgery, and although there was speculation that he would not play again, he did return to the ice in the 1996-97 season after having been traded to the San Jose Sharks.[5]

San Jose Sharks[edit]

Granato returned to the ice in 1996 with the San Jose Sharks. Due to concerns of further brain injury, Granato wore a specially padded helmet as a precautionary measure.[6] After returning to the NHL with a productive first season in San Jose registering 25 goals and 15 assists in 76 games, Granato's productivity steadily declined, with only 59 collective points in his remaining four season with the Sharks.[7] He retired as a player after the 2001 season.

Coaching career[edit]

Granato joined the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant coach prior to the 2002–03 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 permanent head coach.[8] Despite the slow start under Hartley, the Avalanche went 32–11–4-4 under Granato and captured their ninth consecutive division title (including one win 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 quarterfinals, and lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games in the semifinals.

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.[9] He held that position for three seasons. On May 22, 2008, Granato was once again named head coach of the Avalanche after the departure of Quenneville for the 2008-09 season.[10][11] 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.[12][13]

On August 5, 2009, Granato joined the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Penguins, signing on as an assistant coach.[2]

On June 25, 2014, it was announced that the Penguins would not retain their coaching staff for the 2014–15 season.[14]

On July 15, 2014, it was announced that Granato was hired as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings. Granato guided the Penguin's defense (2.49 goals against per game, 10th) and penalty killing (85.0 percent, fifth) to top-10 finishes in the NHL during the 2013–14 season.[15]

Personal life[edit]

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.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
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

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 35 14 17 31 48
1984–85 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 42 33 34 67 94
1985–86 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 32 25 24 49 36
1986–87 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 42 28 45 73 64
1987–88 Colorado Rangers IHL 21 13 14 27 36 8 9 4 13 16
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
1999–00 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
NHL totals 774 248 244 492 1425 79 16 27 43 141

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
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
Total 215 104 78 17 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tony Granato at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b "Tony Granato". National Hockey League. 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Springer, Steve (1990-01-21). "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. 
  4. ^ Dillman, Lisa (1996-01-31). "Head Injury Puts Kings' Granato Into the Hospital". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=10553
  6. ^ Cooper, Tony (1996-09-11). The San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/New-Shark-Survived-A-Scare-Granato-suffered-2966797.php |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8447350
  8. ^ "Hartley fired by Avalanche". deseretnews.com. 2002-12-19. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Granato will reutrn to assistant job". ESPN.com. 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Granato named head coach". avalanche.nhl.com. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Granato introduced as head coach of Avalanche". avalanche.nhl.com. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  12. ^ Frei, Terry (2009-06-03). "Granato gone as Avs clean house". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  13. ^ Dater, Adrian (2009-06-03). "Ex-Avs coach: "Nature of the Game"". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  14. ^ Granato brings passion to Wings' staff
  15. ^ Red Wings hire Tony Granato as assistant coach

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jan Erixon
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award Winner
1988–89 NHL season
Succeeded by
Kelly Kisio
John Vanbiesbrouck
Preceded by
Gary Roberts
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner
1997
Succeeded by
Jamie McLennan
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Hartley
Colorado Avalanche head coach
2002–04
Succeeded by
Joel Quenneville
Preceded by
Joel Quenneville
Colorado Avalanche head coach
2008–09
Succeeded by
Joe Sacco