Tony Granato was a 15-year-old Midwestern child when a “Miracle on Ice” occurred in 1980. He played for a U.S. 7 times in ubiquitous tournaments and watched his sister, Cammi, win bullion in 1998.
“There is no larger disturb in a diversion of hockey than to be means to hearten for, represent, wear a sweater, wear a colors,” Granato told reporters.
Granato will move that nationalistic passion to his latest plea as manager of a U.S. Olympic men’s hockey group for a 2018 Olympics, a initial in some-more than 20 years in that NHL players will not participate.
Granato, a former Kings actor who coaches during a University of Wisconsin, was announced Friday as coach, along with Jim Johannson as ubiquitous manager and partner coaches Chris Chelios, Keith Allain, Ron Rolston and Scott Young.
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The NHL in Apr announced it will not attend in a 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It ends a run of 5 Winter Games with NHL players that began in 1998.
Granato pronounced a U.S. is versed to award in a new format and cited expansion of U.S. teenager and youth leagues, in further to a U.S. growth program. The U.S. has not won bullion in men’s hockey given a famous 1980 “Miracle” dissapoint of a Soviet Union by mostly college players.
“We design to contest for a medal, and this will be no different,” Granato said.
Johannson initial chuckled when asked about a many formidable position to fill, and said, “To be honest, we consider we’re gentle in a abyss we have in all a areas” while he concurred goaltending is a focus.
Johannson also pronounced they are looking during late NHL players to fill out a roster. The U.S. will play in a Deutschland Cup on Nov. 10-12, in Augsburg, Germany, with mostly European-based players and that will be a basement to build out a team.
Asked how they will beget fad but NHL players, Johannson said, “Turn a TV on. It’s a Olympics.
“I consider there’s always been a fresh, and a tender and a singular feel to a Olympic Games. This is going to be good hockey. There’s going to be 25 good stories of American guys that came adult in smashing grass-roots systems. … we consider hockey fans always suffer ubiquitous competition, and this is going to be another good ubiquitous competition.”