Head Coach, U.S. National Under-18 Team
Phone: (734) 327-9251, ext. 312
Don Granato enters his third season as head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He will lead the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2013-14.
In 2012-13, Granato helped the U.S. National Under-18 Team capture first place at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., and led the team to a silver-medal performance at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Additionally, Granato guided his team to an 11-6-4 (W-L-T) record against NCAA Division I and III schools, the best winning percentage (.619) against collegiate opponents in the history of the NTDP.
Granato also served as assistant coach at the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game held in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 29, 2012.
During the 2011-12 campaign, Granato led his team to a 12-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record in international play, including first-place finishes at the 2011 Four Nations Cup in Balishikha, Russia and the 2012 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia. His team also placed second at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ont.
Granato’s coaching career began in 1993 when he was named interim coach of the United States Hockey League’s Madison Capitals. He then became the first-ever head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers (1994-97), where he led the team to two regular-season championships (1996, 1997) and its first Clark Cup as the league’s playoff champion (1996).
Granato’s next challenge came in the East Coast Hockey League, where he was head coach of the Columbus Chill for two years (1997-99) before joining Peoria for one season (2000-01). There, he guided the Rivermen to the Kelly Cup as the ECHL’s playoff champion. He was inducted into the Peoria Hall of Fame in 2009.
Granato spent 2000-05 as head coach of the Worcester IceCats, the American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. In that span, he became the winningest coach in franchise history with a 191-130-45-14 (W-L-T-OTL) record while leading the IceCats to the Calder Cup playoffs for four consecutive seasons (2000-04). He received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award in 2001 as the AHL Coach of the Year.
Granato spent the 2010-11 season as a scout for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. Prior to the that campaign, he served as head coach of the Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers (2008-10), and was also an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues (2005-06).
As a player, the Downers Grove, Ill., native played high school hockey in Minnesota for Burnsville, where he helped his team win the Minnesota State High School League Championship in 1985. Granato is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he played from 1987-91 and helped the team to the 1990 NCAA title. Granato competed professionally for two seasons with the ECHL’s Columbus Chill (1991-93).