Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tony Granato
Born in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Tony Granato was chosen 120th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. A star at Northwood Prep School, Granato went on to play four years at the University of Wisconsin where he was a two-time WCHA second team all-star and second team All-American. While at Winsconsin, Granato played for the United States at the 1983 and 1984 World Junior Championships and also represented his homeland at three straight World Championships beginning in 1985. In the summer of 1987, Granato committed to the US national team for the 1987-88 season and went on to represent his country at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Following the Olympic tournament Granato was assigned to the CHL's Colorado Flames.

In his first season in the NHL, the feisty right-winger scored 36 goals for the Rangers in 1988-89 and was named to the NHL all-rookie team. Halfway through the next season Granato was sent to the Los Angeles Kings along with Tomas Sandstrom for star centre Bernie Nicholls. As a King, Granato topped the 30-goal mark three times and helped the Kings reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history in 1993. A member of Team USA at the 1991 Canada Cup tournament, Granato played five seasons with the Kings before signing as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks in the summer of 1996.

Upon his arrival with the Sharks, Granato brought veteran leadership on one of the league's up-and-coming squads. However, prior to making his debut with the Sharks, Granato suffered serious head injury in the latter stages of his playing career with the Kings which forced him to have an operation to remove an abnormal collection of blood in the left temporal lobe of his brain. Granato returned to the ice in 1996-97 fully recovered and his dedication while coming back from this injury was acknowledged when he was presented the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Granato continued to supply leadership and savvy on the club until he retired in 2001.

In the summer of 2002 the Colorado Avalanche hired Granato as an Assistant Coach and only a few short months later, he was appointed head coach after the team dismissed Bob Hartley.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Northwood Huskies High-NY 34 32 60 92
1982-83 United States WJC-A 7 4 0 4 4
1983-84 University of Wisconsin WCHA 35 14 17 31 48
1983-84 United States WJC-A 7 1 3 4 6
1984-85 University of Wisconsin WCHA 42 33 34 67 94
1984-85 United States WEC-A 9 4 2 6 10
1985-86 University of Wisconsin WCHA 33 25 24 49 36
1985-86 United States WEC-A 8 2 7 9 8
1986-87 University of Wisconsin WCHA 42 28 45 73 64
1986-87 United States WEC-A 9 2 3 5 12
1987-88 United States Nat-Tm 49 40 31 71 55
1987-88 United States Olympics 6 1 7 8 4
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 22 13 14 27 36 8 9 4 13 16
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 78 36 27 63 140 +17 4 1 1 2 21
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 37 7 18 25 77 +1
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 5 6 11 45 -2 10 5 4 9 12
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 30 34 64 154 +22 12 1 4 5 28
1991-92 United States Can-Cup 7 1 2 3 12
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 39 29 68 187 +4 6 1 5 6 10
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 37 45 82 171 -1 24 6 11 17 50
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 50 7 14 21 150 -2
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 33 13 11 24 68 +9
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 17 18 35 46 -5
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 25 15 40 159 -7
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 59 16 9 25 70 +3 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 35 6 6 12 54 +4 6 1 1 2 2
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 6 7 13 39 +2 12 0 1 1 14
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 60 4 5 9 65 -1 4 1 0 1 4
NHL Totals 773 248 244 492 1425 79 16 27 43 141


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1985, 1987)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1985, 1987)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1989)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (1997) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1997)
Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Tomas Sandstrom for Bernie Nicholls, January 20, 1990. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 15, 1996.