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Former Pens assistant coach Tony Granato announces Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis

Granato says he will begin treatment this week.

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Former Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato announced that he has been diagnosed with a form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Granato says he will begin treatment this week.

He announced the news of the diagnosis on social media last night, saying that he wanted to reach out to everyone individually, but sharing it in that manner felt like the best way.

Granato says he’ll be taking a temporary leave of absence from the NBC Sports Chicago and Blackhawks broadcasts and the NHL Network broadcasts.

In the social media post announcing the diagnosis, Granato spoke of how he appreciates the love and support he’s already received.

Granato was an assistant coach with the Penguins from 2009 to 2014.

Following his time in Pittsburgh, he served as an assistant coach with the Red Wings and then was the head coach at the University of Wisconsin, his alma mater, for seven seasons.

Our thoughts are with you during your fight, Tony!