Badgers turn to Red Wings assistant Granato to lead hockey

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Tony Granato is the new head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Granato returns to his alma mater after more than 27 years in the NHL as a player, assistant or head coach. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez planned to formally welcome Granato at a Wednesday news conference in Madison.

Granato was in his second season as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. He had two stints as a head coach with the Colorado Avalanche, and played 13 years in the NHL, skating for the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

He's now charged with reviving a program that has won six national titles, but finished well below .500 the past couple of seasons.