Cammi Granato, Sister of Penguins Coach Tony Granato, Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
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There might not have been any former Penguins among the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 when it was announced on Tuesday, but there was still a Pittsburgh connection among this year’s selections.
Cammi Granato, one of the pioneers of women’s hockey both in the United States and across the world, and the younger sister of Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato, was chosen along with Canada’s Angela James as the first women to ever be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
“I'm really at a loss for words,” Cammi Granato told NHL.com. “I'm just so incredibly honored to have gotten this call and to know that I'm in the Hockey Hall of Fame with such great players that I watched my whole life. It's almost unfathomable as a woman. It's overwhelming. I'm very thankful.”
Granato spent 15 years playing for the United States National Team. She helped the U.S. earn a gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, and a silver medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Granato was also a three-time Eastern College Athletic Conference player of the year at Providence College between 1991-93.
Granato and James will be joined in the Class of 2010 by former 608-goal scorer Dino Ciccarelli, Detroit Red Wings executive Jim Devellano and former Calgary Flames owner Darryl “Doc” Seaman.