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.