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Kings honor Wings' Granato before game

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
Tony Granato produced 17 points, including two shorthanded goals, in the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs, the first time the Kings reached the finals. (Photo by Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato will be honored by the Los Angeles Kings prior to tonight’s game at Staples Center.

A former NHL forward, Granato is being honored as part of the Kings’ three-part Legends Night series recognizing the franchise’s 1992-93 team that eventually became the first California team to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose, a former Red Wings’ defenseman, who was a first-year head coach when the Kings reached the finals, was honored in a pregame ceremony earlier this month.

Hall of famer forward Luc Robitaille, also a former Wing, will be honored March 7.

Granato played six seasons for the Kings from 1989-96, totaling 148 goals and 305 points over seven seasons. In 1993, he finished tied for fourth among the Kings in playoff scoring, producing six goals and 17 points in 24 games.

“Tony’s whole family is here tonight so that’s a special – I think – Red Wing thing as well,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “You like to have great people in the organization that make your organization better, so we’re thrilled for Tony today obviously, thrilled for his family and thrilled that he’s going to be honored with us here to watch.”

Last summer, Granato, 50, was hired as an assistant coach by the Red Wings. Before arriving in Detroit, he served stints as head coach and an assistant coach at Colorado (2002-09) and as an assistant at Pittsburgh (2009-14).

As part of Legends Night, the Kings plan to wear their vintage gold and purple sweaters, which they save for such special occasions. Every fan at Staples Center will also receive a Tony Granato commemorative poster.

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