July 25, 1964 |
Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||120th overall, 1982
New York Rangers
Anthony Lewis Granato (born July 25, 1964) is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger. He is currently in his first year as head coach for the Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey team. Previously he was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Granato also served as the head coach and assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche and assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
New York Rangers
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 in the 1988-89 season, leading the team in goals scored (36), which still stands as the team record for goals by a rookie. The following season, in what the Rangers officials (at the time) called 'the biggest [deal] in club history' Granato, along with Rangers teammate Tomas Sandström, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on January 20, 1990 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 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. On January 25, 1996, Granato suffered a serious head injury in a game against Hartford that resulted in a bleeding on the left lobe of his brain. 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.
San Jose Sharks
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. Upon his return to the NHL, 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. Granato's 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 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. 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. 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. 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, 10th) and penalty killing (85.0 percent, fifth) to top-10 finishes in the NHL during the 2013–14 season.
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (2016–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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|||
|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|
|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|
- Tony Granato on IMDb
- "Tony Granato". National Hockey League. 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
- 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.
- Dillman, Lisa (1996-01-31). "Head Injury Puts Kings' Granato Into the Hospital". Los Angeles Times.
- Cooper, Tony (September 11, 1996). "New Shark Survived A Scare / Granato suffered severe head injury". SFGate. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- "Hartley fired by Avalanche". deseretnews.com. 2002-12-19. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- "Granato will return to assistant job". ESPN.com. 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- "Granato named head coach". avalanche.nhl.com. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- "Granato introduced as head coach of Avalanche". avalanche.nhl.com. 2008-05-22. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- Frei, Terry (2009-06-03). "Granato gone as Avs clean house". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Dater, Adrian (2009-06-03). "Ex-Avs coach: "Nature of the Game"". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Granato brings passion to Wings' staff
- Kujawa, Kyle (July 15, 2014). "Red Wings hire Tony Granato as assistant coach". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "NCAA Hockey: Wisconsin announces head coach Tony Granato and staff". NCAA.com. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
- "Badgers pick Wings assistant Granato as hockey coach". Detroit Free Press. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
- "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.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