Aug. 12, 2008
Providence, R.I., - Former Friar women's ice hockey great Cammi Granato will be one of four inductees enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2008, it was announced today by U.S.A. Hockey. She joins former NHL All-Stars Mike Richter, Brian Leetch, and Brett Hull. The quartet will be formally inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Denver at an induction dinner set for 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, October 10, at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver.
Granato on being the first woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame: "It's an incredible honor to be the first woman. It's really special to me to be inducted with these three guys, guys I idolized and loved to watch. It was great to get to know these guys through the Olympics. We all became teammates, basically, at the Nagano Olympics (1998). It's such an incredible honor."
While at Providence, Granato was named ECAC Player of the Year three consecutive seasons and made the ECAC All-Star team in all four seasons. Granato led the Friars to two ECAC Championship titles and finished her career with an amazing 256 points, a record she holds to this day. She is also the leader for single-season points with 84 (1992-93), goals with 48 (1991-92), and assists with 43 (1992-93). She is the all-time leading goal scorer at Providence College with an impressive 139 career tallies, and ranks second all-time in assists with 117.
After her impressive career as a Friar, Granato went on to play for Team U.S.A. beginning in 1990. She played at the World Championships in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000, as well as for the U.S. Olympic teams in 1998 and 2002 where she was the team's captain both years. At the 1998 Olympics, she led Team U.S.A. to the gold medal and earned the honor of carrying the U.S. flag at the Games' Closing Ceremonies. In both 1992 and 1997, Granato made the World Championship All-Tournament Team and in 1996 she was named U.S.A. Hockey Player of the Year.
Granato also worked as a commentator for Los Angeles Kings radio broadcasts in 1998-99, becoming the second female broadcaster in NHL history, and for NBC in its coverage of the NHL and 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. In 2007, Granato received the NHL's Lester Patrick Award in recognition of outstanding service to hockey in the United States, and, in 2008, she was enshrined into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Granato was the first woman to be honored with the aforementioned awards and will be the first female to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
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