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Don Granato

Head Coach, U.S. National Under-18 Team

Don Granato

Phone: (734) 327-9251, ext. 312

Don Granato enters his fourth season as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He will lead the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2014-15. Additionally, Granato will help guide the U.S. National Junior Team as an assistant coach at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

Last winter, Granato guided the U.S. National Under-17 Team to a trio of international titles, claiming the top prize in the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia, the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden.

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 2013 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Granato also 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.

That same season, Granato served as an assistant coach at the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, N.Y.

During the 2011-12 campaign, his first with the NTDP, Granato led his U.S. National Under-17 Team to first-place finishes at the 2012 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, and the 2011 Four Nations Cup in Balishikha, Russia. His team also placed second at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ont.

A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Granato was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Wisconsin (1987-91), helping the Badgers to the NCAA title in 1990.

Additional Experience

  • Scout, NHL’s Vancouver Canucks (2010-11)
  • Head Coach, AHL’s Chicago Wolves (2008-10)
  • Assistant Coach, NHL’s St. Louis Blues (2005-06)
  • Head Coach, AHL’s Worcester IceCats (2000-05)
    • Winningest coach in franchise history (191)
    • Calder Cup Playoff appearances  (2000-04)
    • AHL Coach of the Year (2001)
  • Head Coach, ECHL’s Peoria Rivermen (1999-2000)
    • Kelly Cup champions (2000)
  • Head Coach, ECHL’s Columbus Chill (1997-99)
  • Head Coach/General Manager, USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers (1994-97)
    • Clark Cup champions (1996)
    • Regular-season champions (1995-96, 1996-97)
  • Interim Coach, USHL’s Madison Capitals (1993-94)