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Tony Granato Elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Tony Granato was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Granato, a 13-year NHL veteran and former NHL coach, spent five seasons behind the Penguins bench as an assistant coach from 2009-14.

Granato, 56, worked primarily with the Penguins' forwards and penalty kill unit during his time with the team. As the mastermind behind the penalty kill, he oversaw the NHL's No. 1-ranked unit in 2010-11 (86.1 percent), as well as set the best regular-season mark in team history in 2011-12 (87.8 percent). In addition, the Penguins' penalty kill posted a franchise-best 92.3% success rate during the 2013 playoffs. Throughout his five seasons with the team, the Penguins' penalty kill finished in the NHL's top-10 four times. 

During Granato's five years behind the bench, the Penguins went a league-best 234-114-28 (496 PTS). In that span, Pittsburgh ranked in the top-10 in wins (1st), points (1st), winning percentage (.660, 1st), goals (1154, 2nd) and penalty kill (85.0%, t-2nd).

Prior to joining the Penguins' coaching staff, Granato spent six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche from 2002-09, with stints as both head and assistant coach. After departing Pittsburgh in 2014, he went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings for two seasons (2014-16). Granato is currently in his fifth season as the head coach of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team. 

The Downers Grove, Illinois native has represented his country behind the bench at the Olympics on two occasions, as an assistant coach in 2014 and as the United States' head coach in 2018.

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