The Pittsburgh Penguins and USA Hockey have announced that Tony Granato will serve as one of the three assistant coaches under head coach Dan Bylsma for the 2014 Winter Olympics – according to the Pens’ website.
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards will be the other two assistants.
Granato, 48, is entering his fifth season as the Pens assistant coach and was a no-brainer for Bylsma to select.
Playing for Team USA at the World Championships from 1985-1987 — Granato is familiar with in the role of representing his country.
With Granato’s addition to the United States staff, that means the Pens now have four coaches and/or executives on their way to Sochi, Russia next year.