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Granato and company welcomed back to Madison as new UW hockey coaches

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- Three former Badgers make the trek back to their college roots, but this time as coaches.

In front of media, fans, and players, Tony Granato was introduced as the men's head hockey coach of the University of Wisconsin this afternoon at the Kohl Center. Sitting on either side of the Downers Grove native was little brother, Don, and long-time friend Mark Osiecki. Both will serve as associate head coaches under Tony. 

Tony, who is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, was a two-time All-American for the Badgers before going on a 13-year run in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks. After his retirement, he began his NHL coaching career. He spent three years with the Colorado Avalanche, as both an assistant and a head coach. He then spent five season in Pittsburgh as an assistant with the Penguins. 

Don arrives in Madison after spending five seasons as a head coach with the U.S. National Team Development Program. Like his brother Tony, Don has NHL coaching experience, serving as an assistant with the St. Louis Blues during the 2005-06 season. 

Osiecki has been with the associate head coach of the AHL's Rockford IceHogs for the past two years. Osiecki is the only one with college coaching experience. The Burnsville, Minnesota, native was the head coach at Ohio State from 2010-13 following a successful stint as an assistant and associate head coach with Wisconsin. 

Osiecki played six years in the pro's, including two years in the NHL with the Calgary flames, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota North Stars. 

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