Tony Granato named coach of 2018 US Olympic men’s hockey team – Los Angeles Times

The management and coaching staff for the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team were announced Friday for the first Olympics in more than 20 years in which NHL players will not be participating.

Tony Granato, a former Kings player who coaches Wisconsin, was named coach. He has extensive international experience as a player, notably the 1988 Olympics, and was an assistant coach on the 2014 Olympic team. His assistant coaches are Chris Chelios, Keith Allain, Ron Rolston and Scott Young.

Jim Johannson, a two-time Olympic player and longtime manager for the national team, was named general manager and is tasked with forming a roster that will primarily be composed of players from the NCAA, the American Hockey League and those playing in Europe.

The NHL announced in April that it will not participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It ends a run of five Winter Games with NHL players that began in 1998.

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