On Thursday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks officially named Ulf Samuelsson and Don Granato to their coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.
“The addition of Ulf and Don bolsters an already veteran coaching staff,” general manager Stan Bowman said in the release. “They will join Joel, Kevin (Dineen), Jimmy (Waite) and Matt (Meachem) to form a staff that I believe is the best in the NHL.”
“Ulf brings over 20 years of NHL experience and knows what it takes to be a Stanley Cup champion. Don has an extensive coaching background and has been successful at developing players at every level. Both have the leadership skills and experience to complement our staff.”
Granato, who will turn 50 in August, was an NHL assistant coach in St. Louis – on head coach Mike Kitchen’s staff with Jamie Kompon – during the 2005-06 season. He spent five years with the U.S. National Team Development Program before returning to the University of Wisconsin. The Downers Grove-native played for Wisconsin and was their captain his senior year.