Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato will serve in the same capacity under coach the Penguins' Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, USA Hockey announced this morning.
Granato, who played in the 1988 Olympics before NHL players participated, has been a Penguins assistant the past four seasons, working with the forwards and penalty killers.
He has three years' experience as an NHL head coach, with Colorado, and has been an assistant with the Avalanche. He played in the NHL for 13 seasons, with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles and San Jose.
The other American assistant coaches are Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, a former Penguins minor-league coach.
In addition, Penguins video coordinator Andy Saucier will serve in the same capacity for Team USA.
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