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Born July 25, 1964 (1964-07-25) (age 45),
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Right
Pro clubs New York Rangers (19881990)
Los Angeles Kings (19901996)
San Jose Sharks (19962001)
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 120th overall, 1982
New York Rangers
Career 1988 – 2001

Tony Granato (born July 25, 1964 in Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.) is an American retired National Hockey League left winger and a former head coach and assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He was named an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins on August 5, 2009.

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Career

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Playing career

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. He has played for the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. In February 1994, Granato was suspended by the NHL for 15 games after he slashed Chicago's Neil Wilkinson in the head during a game in Los Angeles. As of 2005 this was the 7th longest suspension in NHL history. In 1997, while with the Sharks, Granato received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Coaching career

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.[1] Despite the slow start under Hartley, the Avalanche went 32–11–8 under Granato and captured their ninth consecutive division title (including the one won as the Quebec Nordiques). However, they lost in the first round of the 2003 playoffs to the Minnesota Wild in 7 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. After defeating the Dallas Stars in 5 games, the Avalanche lost to the San Jose Sharks in 6.

After the disappointing playoff loss to the Sharks, Tony was replaced by Joel Quenneville. Granato was re-assigned and agreed to stay on as an assistant.[2] 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.[3][4] After coaching the worst season the Avs have seen so far, posting up a season record of 32-45-5, Granato was fired on June 3, 2009.[5][6]

On August 5, 2009, Tony joined the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Penguins, signing on as an assistant coach.

Hockey player Cammi Granato is his younger sister and former NHL player Ray Ferraro is his brother-in-law. He has four children.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 U. of Wisconsin 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

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 first round
COL 2003–04 82 40 22 13 7 100 2nd in Northwest Lost in second round
COL 2008–09 82 32 45 - 5 69 5th in Northwest Did not qualify
Total 215 104 78 17 16

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Preceded by
Gary Roberts
Bill Masterton Trophy Winner
1997
Succeeded by
Jamie McLennan
Preceded by
Bob Hartley
Colorado Avalanche head coach (first time)
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Joel Quenneville
Preceded by
Joel Quenneville
Colorado Avalanche head coach (second time)
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Joe Sacco
Preceded by
Jan Erixon
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award Winner
1988–89 NHL season
Succeeded by
Kelly Kisio
John Vanbiesbrouck

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