Ben Smith (ice hockey)

Tony Granato to coach US men's hockey at Olympics

Tony Granato was honored to get a call, offering him a chance to coach the U.S. men's hockey team at the 2018 Olympics, the first without NHL players since 1994.

When the Wisconsin coach heard and read some of the players he may lead in South Korea, he got even more fired up.

"There are a lot of attractive players," Granato said Friday. "Unless you analyzed the pool, you wouldn't know the caliber of guys that are out there that can help us contend for a medal."

USA Hockey named Jim Johannson, who has been a player and in management the previous six Olympics, will be general manager of the team that will be without many well-known names outside of...

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