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Former Badgers hockey coach Tony Granato diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma

The former men’s hockey coach had a sad announcement to make on Monday.

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Former Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey coach Tony Granato shared that he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, he announced on X Monday.

Granato, a coach for the Badgers from 2016-2023, revealed that he will be taking a temporary leave of absence from NBC Sports Chicago and the Blackhawks broadcasts, as well as NHL Network, as he will “begin treatment immediately”.

“I wish I could reach out to everyone individually, but felt like this was the best way to share the news,” Granato wrote in a post on X. “My family, faith, and friends will be my strength to help me through my treatments. I appreciate all the love and support I have received already.”

“With the holiday season here, cherish the times with your loved ones, as I know I will.”

As a player, Granato had a distinguished career in the NHL, playing 14 seasons before retiring in 2001.

As a coach for the Badgers, Granato finished with a 105-129-16 record, winning the Big Ten Championship once (2021) and the Big Ten Coach of the Year award twice (2017, 2021).

Get well soon coach!