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Luke Kunin: Tony Granato perfect choice as USA Hockey Olympic coach

When the news was officially announced on Friday , Kunin, a first-round draft pick by the Wild in 2016, wasn’t the least bit surprised.

These Olympics are more of a wild card given the lack of NHL participation, but Johansson, Granato and company made it clear the goal is still to win a gold medal.
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We had a couple of down years here at Wisconsin, and to take our group and to turn it around pretty much night-and-day, to be able to do that speaks for itself, Kunin said.

Kunin himself has come up through the amateur ranks and played a major role for USA Hockey. He was a member of the 2017 World Junior team, and also led the United States to gold at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, when he served as captain with a roster comprised of the likes of Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk.

Elite Youth Tajae Sharpe Jersey Had Kunin stayed at Madison for his junior season, he would likely be on the shortlist of college players to receive major consideration for a roster spot for the 2018 Olympic team. But the 19-year-old signed with Minnesota March 23, getting in 12 American Hockey League games at the end of the season.

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With his family watching in the stands and his teammates anxiously watching on the bench Sunday, Bickell didn’t miss.