There is no one else more qualified to run a hockey team than Cammi Granato.
Granato spent 15 years as one of the best players in professional hockey. She was one of the key founders of US women’s hockey as we know and love it today. She won eight Silver World Championship Medals, one Gold WC Medal, one Olympic Silver Medal, and one Olympic Gold Medal. She played in every single Women’s World Championships from the inaugural one in 1990 up until 2005. Granato not only captained the first US Women’s team at the 1998 Olympics, she was also the first one to score an Olympic goal for USA Hockey’s women’s team. Granato was one of the first 3 women inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008, later that year she was the first woman inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. And two years later in 2010, Granato and Angela James were the first two women to be inducted into the Hockey Hamm of Fame.
And that’s just her playing career. Granato has spent 3 years now working as a scout for the Seattle Kraken, 2 of which as a pro scout. She’s helped them draft some great players for the future and I am ready for her to be at the helm of one of my favorite teams. According to Friedman, she will be joining as an Assistant GM.
The Canucks have gone through a lot of changes this year. New players, new coach, new GM. Last month, the Canucks brought on Emilie Castonguay as an assistant GM. Emilie is a trailblazer in her own right. She was the first woman to become a certified player agent by the NHL Players’ association in 2016. She represented players like Alexis Lafreniere, Antonie Roussel, and Marie-Philip Poulin. She just joined the team in late January and I cannot wait for Granato to join her. Both of their skills combined as assistant GMs are bound to do some good things for Vancouver.
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