Less than two months after his brother, Don Granato, announced he would be taking a coaching position with the Chicago Blackhawks, University of Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Tony Granato has been chosen to coach the 2018 United States Olympic team.The former NHL head coach has been selected to coach this year’s Olympic team before they head off to South Korea. This selection might have come as a shock to some, but considering that major changes have happened this year within the world of men’s hockey, selecting a college coach was the most logical choice for USA Hockey.2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team Management, Coaching Staff Named: https://t.co/amjVJjL4eG pic.twitter.com/pIEge5RM73— USA Hockey (@usahockey) August 4, 2017After announcing back in March that they would no longer allow their players to compete in the Olympics, the NHL majorly changed the way Olympic teams were formed. Now, instead of countries using their top professional athletes to chase that gold metal, they will need to rely more on amateur and collegiate athletes to boost their rosters instead.Hiring an NHL head coach to coach an Olympic team would be rather inconvenient, since the coach would not have any knowledge of the athletes they would be working with. Granato is the perfect choice for this role, since he now has intimate knowledge of both collegiate hockey and the development leagues within the U.S.It is unknown whether or not Granato will continue to coach the Badgers this year while beginning his role as the USA head coach. Typically, the U.S. men’s hockey team spends the four weeks prior to the Olympics preparing for the games.Granato to depart UW hockey program for coaching position with Chicago BlackhawksOnly a year after the University of Wisconsin’s men hockey program acquired Don Granato, the former associate head coach announced Read…This schedule was primarily in place to accommodate the NHL owners, who did not want to lose their star players for a majority of the season. Without that burden on Team USA’s shoulders, it is unclear if the men will retain their same training schedule, or will adopt the older training schedule that they used to follow.Back in the 1980s, when NHL players were not allowed to participate in the Olympics, the men’s team trained from the time that they were selected in November, with most players taking a year off from their collegiate/amateur careers to compete for their country. This is the same format that the women’s national team currently uses in their preparation for the games.“I’m honored and humbled to be able to represent the U.S. on the Olympic stage.“ – Tony Granato, head coach, 2018 Olympic Men’s Hockey Team— USA Hockey (@usahockey) August 4, 2017In the event that the national team only trains for the four week period prior to the Olympics, Granato will not miss much back home. During that time frame, Wisconsin only has one series against Ohio State University, which will most likely be coached by assistant coaches Mark Osiecki and Mark Strobel.If Granato finds himself away from the team until the games are done, a third coach might be hired to temporarily fill the third coaching spot for the Badgers. It is unknown what kind of training schedule the national team will develop now that they no longer have the scheduling conflict with the NHL.More should be known later in November, when selection for the U.S. national team begins.
Now the Belgium star is in a race against time to recover for the Cup final on May 19, with United manager Mourinho conceding Lukaku might only be fit enough to come on as a substitute.“We hope he can play the final,” Mourinho said after Thursday’s 0-0 draw at West Ham.“He’s in Belgium having his treatment and there is communication between the doctors in Belgium and our medical department.“We are just waiting to see if it’s possible for him to be involved in the final, if not starting at least he can be on the bench.”Lukaku has scored 27 goals since joining United from Everton in a £75 million ($101 million) deal last year.The Cup final represents United’s last chance to win a trophy this season after they secured a runners-up finish in the Premier League and suffered early exits from the Champions League and League Cup.Meanwhile, Michael Carrick will captain United on Sunday to mark the England midfielder’s final appearance before joining Mourinho’s backroom staff.“Carrick had already been decided. So if we’d lost the match (against West Ham) and we needed the point against Watford, I would play Carrick the same,” Mourinho said.“He’s going to start the match as a captain and he’s not going to end the match because I want him to leave the pitch alone and I want him to feel what the United supporters feel in relation to him.“He is going to be even closer to me than he was as a player so it is just an emotional moment because it is the end of a career of a fantastic player.”Mourinho insisted he will not field a young team against Watford, even though United are assured of second place behind champions Manchester City.“I have every player apart from Marouane Fellaini and Lukaku available and I don’t go to the young players,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku faces a battle to be fit for the FA Cup final © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 11 – Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku could start the FA Cup final on the bench as the Manchester United striker battles to recover from an ankle injury in time for the Wembley showdown with Chelsea.Lukaku hasn’t featured for United since suffering his ankle problem against Arsenal last month and is set to miss the last game of the Premier League season against Watford on Sunday.