San Francisco, CA – Although fans are not able to see Tony Granato in a Sharks uniform this season, they will now be able to listen to him on the airways. The former Sharks player is now a member of the Sharks broadcast team.
Granato's duties will primarly focus on the Sharks Radio Network. In addition the Downers Grove, Illinois native will do on-air work for Shark Byte, Fox Sports Net's half hour magazine show devoted entirely to the Sharks. Granato will be joining host Drew Remenda.
Granato, 36, spent the last five seasons with San Jose, signing with the Sharks as a free agent on August 15, 1996. With the Sharks, he tallied 99 points (57 goals, 42 assists) in 279 games, which ranks him 14th on the Sharks all-time games played list. Throughout his time in teal, the 13-year NHL veteran constantly served as a role-model and tutor to younger Sharks attempting to make their own marks in the league. He was instrumental in helping turn the franchise around both on and off the ice.
In joining the Sharks for the1996-97 season, Granato courageously returned to the ice and scored 40 points (25 goals, 15 assists) in 76 games following career-threatening brain surgery procedure that caused him to miss the final 32 games of the 1995-96 season. For his efforts, Granato was selected by Commissioner Gary Bettman as a starter for the 1997 All-Star game in San Jose.
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Jay dela Cruz