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Former Avalanche head coach Granato named Penguin assistant

| Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

Tony Granato has been named the Penguins assistant coach.

Granato spent the past six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, while serving two stints as Avalanche head coach from 2002-04 and 2008-09. Overall, Granato compiled a 215-104-17-16 record and led Colorado to a Northwest Division title in 2003. He served as an assistant coach from 2005-08.

"We are excited to have a guy who's accomplished as much as Tony join our staff as an assistant coach," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, in a release. "In addition to his 13 years as an NHL player, he's also been a head coach and assistant coach for six years with the Avalanche, and all of that experience will make him a tremendous asset to the Penguins organization."

Granato, 45, joined the Avalanche organization in June 2002 as an assistant coach. He was promoted to head coach on Dec. 18, 2002 and led the club to a 32-11-4-4 mark en route to its ninth consecutive division title. The following season Granato helped the Avalanche to a 40-22-13-7 finish and an appearance in the conference semifinals.

Granato played 13 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers (1988-90), Los Angeles Kings (1990-96) and San Jose Sharks (1996-2001).

The Downers Grove, Illinois native recorded 248 goals, 244 assists and 1,425 penalty minutes in 773 career games.

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