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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.