Tony Granato named coach of 2018 US Olympic men’s hockey team – Los Angeles Times

Tony Granato was a 15-year-old Midwestern kid when the “Miracle on Ice” occurred in 1980. He played for the U.S. seven times in international tournaments and watched his sister, Cammi, win gold in 1998.

“There is no greater thrill in the game of hockey than to be able to cheer for, represent, wear the sweater, wear the colors,” Granato told reporters.

Granato will bring that patriotic passion to his latest challenge as coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team for the 2018 Olympics, the first in more than 20 years in which NHL players will not participate.

Granato, a former Kings player who coaches at the University of Wisconsin, was announced Friday as coach, along with Jim Johannson as general manager and assistant coaches Chris Chelios, Keith Allain, Ron Rolston and Scott Young.

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