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

The former Penguins assistant coach was part of the newly elected 2020 class.

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Former Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Granato spent five years as Penguins assistant coach after a 13-year career as an NHL player.

Granato’s arguably mist memorable moment with the Penguins came late in the 2011-12 season, when he nearly got in a fight with Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.

After leaving the Penguins in 2014, Granato spent two years in the same role with the Detroit Red Wings.

Since then, Granato is in his fifth season as the men’s hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Along with Granato in the 2020 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class, are:

  • Dean Blais, former head coach from the University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Jenny Potter, former University of Minnesota Duluth player and multiple-medal winning player for Team USA
  • Jerry York, Boston College head coach, the winningest active coach in NCAA hockey, with nearly 1100 wins.