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Badgers name Tony Granato men's hockey coach

The Wisconsin Badgers have hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Tony Granato to a five-year contract as their new hockey coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Granato is replacing Mike Eaves, who was fired earlier this month after 14 seasons at the helm of the Badgers program.

Granato, 51, played at Wisconsin from 1983 to '87 and went on to a 13-season career in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. He scored 248 goals in 775 career games.

The Red Wings said Sunday that Granato would remain a Red Wings assistant through the end of the season.

Granato will be joined on the Badgers' coaching staff by his younger brother Don and former Ohio State Buckeyes coach Mark Osiecki.

"When this came about that we could all be together, I was ecstatic," Tony Granato said. "It was a situation that I wanted to be part of."

Said Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez: "It was more than I could dream for to get all three of those guys. To me, it's the Dream Team."

Don Granato played for the Badgers from 1987 to 1991, and Osiecki was a UW defenseman from 1987-90. Both received three-year deals.

"I look at it as working with two outstanding people," Osiecki said. "We're in for the right reasons and we want to make Wisconsin hockey go. That's the only thing that we're looking at."

Prior to joining the Red Wings as an assistant two years ago, Tony Granato was both an assistant and head coach with the Colorado Avalanche and an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was 104-78-17-16 in his three seasons as Avalanche head coach.

Granato is also the older brother of Hall of Fame women's player Cammi Granato, who won a gold medal with the U.S. team in Nagano in 1998.

Eaves was fired after a second straight losing season (8-19-8). He led the Badgers to a national championship in 2006 and a championship game appearance in 2010.