Tony Granato (born July 25, 1964 in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA) is an American former National Hockey League leftwinger and former head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. Following a stellar college career at the University of Wisconsin, he was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Sixth Round, One-hundred Twentieth Overall. He has played for the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. In February of 1994, Granato was suspended by the NHL for 15 games after he slashed Chicago's Neil Wilkinson in the head during a game in Los Angeles. As of 2005 this was the 7th longest suspension in NHL history. In 1997, while with the Sharks, Granato received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. On December 18, 2002 he became head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He is currently an assistant coach of the Avalanche.
Hockey player Cammi Granato is his younger sister and former NHL player Ray Ferraro is his brother-in-law.
Preceded by: Gary Roberts Bill Masterton Trophy Winner 1997 Succeeded by: Jamie McLennan Preceded by: Bob Hartley Head Coaches of the Colorado Avalanche 2002-2004 Succeeded by: Joel Quenneville Related Links:
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