Long Time NHL Player and Coach Announces Sad Diagnosis

Pat Quinn
December 11, 2023  (8:44)

Tony Granato, who was recently let go as the long-time head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers. He has been a regular member of the Chicago Blackhawks studio announce team for the 2023–24 campaign. Granato shared some terrible news on Sunday night.

Sad news released Sunday night from Tony Granato

Tony Granato took to twitter on Sunday night to release some sad news.
I debated how to share this news but I will be taking a temporary leave of absence from NBC Sports Chicago and the Blackhawks broadcasts, as well as
NHL Network. I was recently diagnosed with a form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and will begin treatment this week. I wish I could reach out to everyone individually, but felt like this was the best way to share the news. My family, faith, and friends will be my strength to help me through my treatments. I appreciate all the love and support I have received already. With the holiday season here, cherish the times with your loved ones, as I know I will.

It is tragic news and we wish him all the best. Hopefully he can recover from that horrible disease and get back to being aligned with hockey one day.

Granato's career in the NHL and in the NCAA

From 1988 until 2001, Granato played in 14 seasons featuring three teams, the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers. He participated in 774 seasons, scoring 492 points with 248 goals and 244 assists. In those 774 games, he also accrued 1425 penalty minutes. In 79 postseason games, he also participated and scored 43 points. In 2000–01, he retired from the NHL.
Granato started coaching in 2002–03 after his playing career ended. For six seasons, from 2002 to 2009, he alternated between serving as head coach and assistant coach. After that, he worked as an assistant coach at Detroit from 2014 to 2016 and Pittsburgh from 2009 to 2014.
Granato took over as head coach at the University of Wisconsin in the 2016–17 season and stayed there for seven seasons until 2023, when he was relieved of his responsibilities during the off-season.