Don Granato is in his second season with the Blackhawks as Assistant Coach after being named to the coaching staff on June 15, 2017.
The Downers Grove, Ill., native most recently served as Associate Head Coach with the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team in 2016-17. Prior to that, Granato spent four years as Head Coach with the U.S. National Team Development Program, where he helped the U.S. capture the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship and the 2014 U17 World Hockey Challenge. During his tenure with the national team, Granato coached 15 players that have been selected in the first round of the National Hockey League Draft.
Granato also served as an Assistant Coach with the St. Louis Blues during the 2005-06 season and was Head Coach for the Chicago Wolves (2008-10) and the Worcester IceCats (2000-05), where he worked with Joel Quenneville in the Blues organization. He received the AHL's Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the league's outstanding coach during his first season at the helm of Worcester. He also coached three seasons in the ECHL with the Columbus Chill (1997-99) and Peoria Rivermen (1999-2000), following four seasons in the USHL with the Wisconsin Capitols (1993-94) and Green Bay Gamblers (1994-97), winning a championship at each level. He led Peoria to the 2000 ECHL Kelly Cup championship and claimed the 1996 USHL Clark Cup championship with Green Bay.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Granato played professionally for two seasons with Columbus (ECHL) from 1991-93, posting 26 goals and 64 assists in 103 career games. He spent four seasons (1987-91) at the University of Wisconsin, where he compiled 88 points (45G, 43A) in 162 career games and won a national championship with the Badgers in 1990.