Chris Chelios named assistant for US Olympic hockey team

Reports: Chris Chelios, Tony Granato to coach USA Hockey at Olympics

Tony Granato, a former Kings player who coaches Wisconsin, was named coach.

Granato was an assistant under Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Olympics.

Back in the 1980s, when National Hockey League players were not allowed to participate in the Olympics, the men's team trained from the time that they were selected in November, with most players taking a year off from their collegiate/amateur careers to compete for their country. Chelios played in 1984, and played with Granato on the 1991 U.S. Canada Cup team.

Young will serve as an assistant on Tony Granato's staff alongside fellow assistant coaches Chris Chelios, Ron Rolston and Keith Allain. According to Jim Johansson, another Wisconsin alum and two-time Olympian and now general manager for Team USA, the team is likely to include a number of pros now playing in Europe, with some that are currently in the NCAA and probably North American minor pros.


If Granato finds himself away from the team until the games are done, a third coach might be hired to temporarily fill the third coaching spot for the Badgers. Now the head men's ice hockey coach at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, Granato spent 13 seasons as either a head coach or assistant coach in the NHL, a year after retiring from a 13-year NHL playing career. He also was an assistant for the Red Wings during the 2015-16 season after he spent five seasons as an advisor for the team's management staff.

News broke on Thursday that Granato will be announced the head coach for the men's hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The USA Hockey team is going to have plenty of Wisconsin fingerprints on it during the 2018 Olympics.

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