Granato earns B1G's top honor

Madison- Wisconsin men's hockey head coach Tony Granato wasted no time turning around the his alma mater's program. And for that, Granato was named the Big Ten coach of the year.

After Wisconsin won just 12 games over the past two seasons combined, Granato and his coaching staff led UW to a 19-14-1 record in the regular-season slate and a second-place finish in the Big Ten standings. The Badgers were picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches' poll.

Granato becomes just the second coach in Wisconsin history to win conference coach of the year, and the first in 40 years. Bob Johnson won the 1977 WCHA Coach of the Year after leading the Badgers to the WCHA regular-season title that season. That team also won the WCHA tournament and the NCAA title.