Big Ten Trio Selected for 2018 Olympic Team

Aug. 4, 2017


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey today named the management and coaching staff for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

USA Hockey named Tony Granato, head coach of the University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey team, as head coach of Team USA. Former UW defenseman, NHL award-winner and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios heads a group of assistants that also includes Scott Young, an Olympic teammate and road roommate of Granato's in 1988, Ron Rolston and Keith Allain.

On the management side, Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, has been named general manager. The long-time general manager for Team USA is Jim Johannson, who played with Granato at Wisconsin as well as on the American squad that competed in the '88 Games in Calgary, Alberta.

While Granato is the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time, he is no stranger to international competition. The Downers Grove, Illinois, native was an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team and played for the U.S. in seven international competitions, including the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the 1991 Canada Cup, three IIHF Men’s World Championships (1985, 1986, 1987) and two IIHF World Junior Championships (1983, 1984). Currently the head men’s ice hockey coach at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, Granato spent 13 seasons as either a head coach or assistant coach in the NHL, a year after retiring from a 13-year NHL playing career. A four-time 30-goal scorer in the NHL, he skated for the N.Y. Rangers (1988-90), L.A. Kings (1990-96) and San Jose Sharks (1996-01), before coaching with the Colorado Avalanche (2002-2009), Pittsburgh Penguins (2009-14) and Detroit Red Wings (2014-16).



Chelios, a four-time Olympian as a player, is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time. The Hockey Hall of Famer previously served as an assistant coach for the bronze medal-winning 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Most recently, Chelios was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings in 2015-2016 after spending five seasons as an advisor to the Red Wings management staff. In addition to playing for Team USA at the Olympics in 1984, 1988, 2002 and 2006, Chelios also competed for the U.S. in three Canada Cups (1984, 1987, 1991), two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004) and once at the World Junior Championship (1982). Chelios, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, holds the record for playing the most games by a defenseman in NHL history (1,651), after completing 26 seasons in the NHL.

Johannson, who has a long history in the Olympics both on the management side and as a player, will be serving as the general manager of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time. Overall, he has made six appearances with a U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, including twice as a player (1988, 1992), once as team leader (2002) and three times in management (2006, 2010, 2014). Johannson is also serving his ninth consecutive year as general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team after leading Team USA to a gold medal finish last year, its third under his management (2010, 2013). A full-time member of the USA Hockey staff since 2000, Johannson currently serves as the organization's assistant executive director of hockey operations.