Colorado Avalanche

Head Coach
Tony Granato
Notes:
Tony Granato begins his second tenure as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, being named to his position on May 22, 2008. Granato previously served as the team's head coach from 2002-2004.

Granato owns a 94-65-18 career record for a .582 winning percentage as an NHL head coach. Tony entered the season ranked fifth among active head coaches in winning percentage (.605), which was also the second highest mark in franchise history.

Granato completed his fifth season behind the Avalanche bench in 2007-08, his sixth year overall with the organization. After joining the club as an assistant coach on June 18, 2002, Granato was introduced as the 11th head coach in franchise history on Dec. 18, 2002. He compiled a record of 72-33-17-11, which included a 32-11-4-4 stretch to close out the 2002-03 season with the franchise’s ninth consecutive division title. Granato reached the 50-win mark in 87 games, the 11th fastest mark in NHL history.

He returned to his position as assistant coach in 2005-06 and spent the last three years in that capacity.

Regarded as a feisty, two-way winger, Granato enjoyed a playing career that spanned 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. He skated in 773 regular season games with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. During his time in the NHL, he posted 248 goals and 244 assists with 1,425 penalty minutes.

Off the ice, Tony was the Avalanche's 2006 recipient of the Chopper Travaglini Award for community service.

A native of Downer's Grove, Illinois, Granato and his wife, Linda, have four children: Michael, Dominic, Nicholas and Gabriella. Tony's sister, Cammi, served as captain of the gold medal winning U.S. Women's National Hockey Team at the 1998 Olympics and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. His brother, Don, is head coach of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.



Goaltenders

1 Andrew Raycroft G
RAY-kroft
6'0'', 185 05/04/1980 ( 28 ), Belleville, ON, CAN 8th NHL / 1st COL Season
Last Win: JAN 10, 2009 vs PITTSBURGH (1)
Last Shutout: NOV 9, 2007 @ BUFFALO (24)
How Acquired: Signed by Colorado as a free agent, July 1, 2008.
Notes:

THIS SEASON
- Ranks among the league leaders in winning percentage (.818).
- Started a season-high four consecutive games, Jan. 6-13.
- Posted a career-high seven-game winning streak from Nov. 29 to Jan. 10.
- First Avalanche goaltender to win seven straight games since David Aebischer from Jan. 3-17, 2006.
- Went 7-0 with a 2.11 GAA and .928 Sv% during that stretch (427 mins, 208 shots, 15 GA).
- Posted a 9-1-0 record in his first 10 starts, becoming just the second goaltender in franchise history to open a season by winning nine of his first 10 decisions (Stephane Fiset began the 1994-95 campaign 10-1-0 for the Quebec Nordiques).
- Made a career-high 43 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Jan. 8 at Pepsi Center.
- Stopped 37 shots and denied all three shootout attempts in a 2-1 victory at Tampa Bay on Dec. 18.
- Posted his third victory of the season on Nov. 29 vs. Tampa Bay, surpassing his win total from all of last year (2-9-5).
- Won each of his first two starts, Oct. 16-18.
- Earned the victory in his Avalanche debut on Oct. 16 vs. Philadelphia, making 16 saves in what was his 200th career appearance.

GPI
Min
W
L
T
OT
SO
GA
GAA
Saves
Sv %
Season
12
666
9
2
-
0
0
30
2.70
272
0.901
Career
211
11792
91
82
10
16
6
562
2.86
5056
0.900


31 Peter Budaj G
(BOO-digh)
6'1'', 200 09/18/1982 ( 26 ), Banska Bystrica, SVK 4th NHL / 4th COL Season
Last Win: DEC 29, 2008 vs NASHVILLE (4) Last Shutout: NOV 8, 2008 vs NASHVILLE (22)
How Acquired: Colorado's first choice (second round, 63rd overall) in 2001 Entry Draft.
Notes:

THIS SEASON
- Has started 33 of Colorado's 44 games and appeared in 34 of 44.
- Is 6-1 in shootouts this season, allowing only seven goals on 24 attempts (.708 Sv%).
- Only Henrik Lundqvist (7) has more shootout wins in 2008-09.
- Made his 30th start of the season on Dec. 31 at Phoenix, becoming the first Avalanche goaltender to start 30 or more games before January 1st since Patrick Roy (31) in 2001-02.
- Stopped 41-of-44 shots and all three shootout attempts in a 4-3 victory over the Red Wings on Dec. 27.
- Started 12 consecutive games, Nov. 2-28.
- Made a career-high 47 saves on Nov. 18 at Calgary (on 50 shots), the third-highest total by a goaltender in Avalanche history.
- Posted his sixth career shutout on Nov. 8 vs. Nashville, stopping 26 shots in a 1-0 victory.
- Was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for October 20-26 (3-0, 1.62 GAA, .941 Sv%).
- Colorado's Opening Night starter for the second consecutive year.
GPI
Min
W
L
T
OT
SO
GA
GAA
Saves
Sv %
Season
34
1997
13
19
1
1
1
95
2.85
851
0.900
Career
160
8911
74
55
0
17
6
406
2.73
3752
0.902