The Olympics are going to look very different next in 2018 with the NHL not participating. But, USA still needs to be represented and now we know who will be behind the bench.
USA Hockey announced Friday that Tony Granato will coach the U.S. men’s hockey team at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Granato served as an assistant to Dan Bylsma in the 2014 Olympics and is the current head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. In his one season with the team, he coached the Badgers to a 20-15-1 record.
In his NHL career, Granato played for the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and New York Ranger from 1988 to 2001, amassing 492 total points. After his playing career, he served as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche twice, leading them to the playoffs twice.
Serving on Granato’s staff will be Chris Chelios, Keith Allain, Scott Young and Ron Rolston. Jim Johannson was also named general manager.
Further confirming that the NHL will not be in Pyeongchang, USA Hockey stated it will honor its partnership with the league and not consider NHL players eligible.
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