Tony Granato was recently hired by the Detroit Red Wings to be an assistant coach to Mike Babcock, but he is an assistant coach for Team USA, as well.
Granato was named as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Men’s Olympic Team in July, 2013 and coached USA at the Sochi Olympics under Dan Bylsma.
With the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp going on in Lake Placid, Granato is once again coaching potential Team USA players.
Tony Granato is not the only Detroit Red Wings in attendance, though, as the Wings’ first round draft pick was invited to attend the camp.
Dylan Larkin is attending the camp for Team USA as a potential player in the next Olympic games – or World Cup of Hockey depending on what the NHL and IIHF decide to do with the Olympics and professional players – in four years and the upcoming World Championships. By the time the next Olympic games begun, Larkin will have played one or two seasons of professional hockey and one or two World Championships tournaments, but even then it would be a surprise if he made the team his first chance.
Team USA scrimmaged Team Finland on August third and Dylan Larkin scored the game winning goal for the USA in the final two minutes of the game.
Dylan Larkin attended the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp, but will not be allowed to attend Training Camp because of NCAA rules.
Because Tony Granato is an assistant coach with Team USA, Ganarto will be able to work with the young forward and could provide feedback to the Red Wings before Larkin heads to the University of Michigan.
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