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Badgers' Tony Granato to coach US men's hockey at Olympics

In this March 30, 2016, file photo, Tony Granato speaks at a press conference where he was introduced as the new head coach for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, in Madison. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold, File)

PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Tony Granato will coach the U.S. men's hockey team at the 2018 Olympics, the first Winter Games without NHL players since 1994.

Detroit Red Wings executive Chris Chelios, Yale coach Keith Allain, Boston University assistant Scott Young and former Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston will make up Granato's staff. Longtime USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson will serve as general manager.



USA Hockey announced the appointments at a news conference Friday.

Granato was an assistant under Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Olympics. The former NHL forward coached the Colorado Avalanche for parts of three seasons and has been an assistant with Colorado, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Johannson was on the management staff for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympics and has been GM for the world juniors and world championships.

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