Cammi Granato

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Cammi Granato
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2010
Born (1971-03-25) March 25, 1971 (age 49)
Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg; 10 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing / Center
Shot Right
Played for Vancouver Griffins
British Columbia Breakers
National team  United States
Playing career 1990–2005

Catherine Michelle Granato (born March 25, 1971) is an American former ice hockey player and one of the first women to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2010. She currently works as a scout for the NHL Seattle organization. Granato was the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team that won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. She is the younger sister of former NHL player Tony Granato, and a graduate of Providence College. Granato played hockey for Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Granato has been a recipient of the Lester Patrick Award (2007), and she has been inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame (2008), the US Hockey Hall of Fame (2009) and the Hockey Hall of Fame (2010).

USA Hockey[edit]

Granato played in every world championship for the United States from the inaugural event in 1990 to 2005. She was named USA Women's Player of the Year in 1996. Granato was the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team that won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. On February 8, 1998, she scored the first ever Olympic goal for the U.S women's hockey team.[1] In 205 career games for the national team, Granato had 186 goals, 157 assists, and 343 points. She is the team's all-time leading scorer.[citation needed]

Granato was cut from the US National team unexpectedly before the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy bringing controversy to the decision after being a part of the program since its inaugural season and all-time leading point scorer. The US team subsequently lost its Olympic semifinal match to Sweden, its first-ever international loss to a team other than Canada, and brought home the bronze medal.

Other teams[edit]

Granato played hockey for Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In June 1997, New York Islanders general manager Mike Milbury extended an invitation to Granato to attend Islanders training camp.[2] Granato eventually declined.

Granato played for the Vancouver Griffins (2001–02 and 2002–03), a professional women's ice hockey team in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL).

Later career[edit]

Granato is also a rinkside reporter for NBC's NHL coverage, and served as a color commentator for NBC's coverage of women's ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. In 1998, Granato served as the color commentator for Los Angeles Kings radio broadcasts.[3]

In 2019, she was hired by the Seattle NHL team as only the second ever female scout for an National Hockey League club.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1996 USA Hockey Women 's Player of the Year Award (also known as the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award)[4]
  • 1998 Winter Olympics – gold medal
  • 2002 Winter Olympics – silver medal
  • On September 18, 2007, Granato was announced one of the four recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Trophy. She is a partner in BelaHockey, a company that creates hockey accessories for girls.[5]
  • In May 2008, Granato was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame with two other women's hockey players (Geraldine Heaney and Angela James) - the first women to be given such an honor.[6]
  • On August 12, 2008, it was announced that Granato would be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, the first woman to be in the Hall. The induction ceremony took place on October 10, 2008, at the University of Denver.[7]
  • On November 8, 2010 Granato was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Granato and Angela James were the first female inductees.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Granato married former NHL star, Ray Ferraro, in 2004 and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They have two sons: Riley (born December 2006) and Reese (born December 2009).[9] She is stepmother to Ferraro's sons from his first marriage, Matt and Landon, an NHL draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings. She has four brothers and one sister. ].[10]


  1. ^ Rosenbloom, Steve (February 9, 1998). "Granato makes history again". The Chicago Tribune. p. Sports.5.
  2. ^ Michael Farber. "The Ice Queen". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "CAMMI GRANATO - Los Angeles Kings - Kings' History". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Annual Awards - Through the Years". USA Hockey. Archived from the original on January 13, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  5. ^ Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. 109 (2): 121. July 14–21, 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Women pioneers highlight IIHF class of 2008". Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Candace Horgan (October 16, 2008). "Granato, Leetch, Hull and Richter Inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame". Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Granato, James first women elected to Hockey Hall". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Toronto. Associated Press. June 22, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Steve Ewen (February 10, 2010). "Granato misses playing days". Edmonton Journal. Press Reader. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Celebrities With ADHD". Health. July 10, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2018.

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