Thursday, July 31, 2008

Granato named Wolves coach

Head coach John Anderson was basically a minor-league institution with the Chicago Wolves, but after 11 years with the franchise he finally jumped up to the Thrashers with his first NHL gig last month.

Taking over for Anderson as coach of the Calder Cup champs is Don Granato, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato's younger brother, who was introduced by the Wolves yesterday.

The Granatos were called "the first family of Chicago hockey" at the press conference, which is a pretty apt description. Their sister, Cammi, was a well-known star with the U.S. Olympic team.

Interesting to see a hometown coach takeover, as that's a rarity in the minors. AHL teams don't get a lot of publicity, but the Wolves are always one of the best run franchises in the minors and worth keeping an eye on.



At 9:24 a.m., July 31, 2008, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

Don Granato is a long time minor league coach.

His career was interrupted in 2005 by the diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease, the same cancer Mario Lemieux and Saku Koivu faced.

Joe Pelletier

At 9:33 a.m., July 31, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Well, the Wolves are well run, but they have a distinct advantage in the fact that they run independent of any NHL head office. Sure, they get prospects from Atlanta, but they are under no mandate to play them the amount of minutes the Thrashers want them to play. They play their vets that have been very successful in the AHL, but can't do much in the NHL (the past few years it was Krog and Haydar). The Manitoba Moose are one of the few organizations that run a similar policy in the AHL to the Wolves.

So "well run" is a bit of a fickle term. Most AHL teams deliberately don't operate like the Wolves. I'd say a team like the one further up Lake Michigan in Milwaukee is a well run program, that has both AHL success and develops good NHL players.

At 9:59 a.m., July 31, 2008, Blogger rananda said...

saku actually had had non-hodgkins lymphoma, a far more deadlier condition than hodgkins.

At 12:46 p.m., July 31, 2008, Blogger The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

Non-Hodgkin's < Hodgkin's


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