The NGHL is thrilled to honor Cammi Granato, a founding member of the USA Women's National Team, by naming our championship trophy the GRANATO CUP.
Born into a large hockey family, Catherine (Cammi) Michelle Granato, Cammi was one of six children in the Granato household, which included a sister, Christina and four brothers. Among them was Tony, who went on to enjoy a fine NHL career.
Cammi was offered a hockey scholarship at Providence College. In her inaugural year at the college, she was named freshman player of the year and later, was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Women's Hockey Player of the Year. In 1992 and 1993, Granato led Providence to league titles. In 93 college games, she scored 135 times and assisted on 110 others for 245 points.
While playing at Providence, Cammi became a founding member of the United States Women's National Team and helped lead the team to a silver medal at the inaugural Women's World Championships in 1990. After graduating from Providence and without any NCAA eligibility remaining, Cammi moved to Montreal to earn her Master’s degree in sports administration at Concordia University.
Women's hockey became an official Olympic Sport at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. Cammi had graduated from Concordia in 1997 and was then able to devote herself to the U.S. Women's National Team. Named team captain, Cammi, and her American teammates earned an upset gold medal victory over the favored Canadians. Cammi was honored with the opportunity to be the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies at those Olympics.
Cammi Granato's international career concluded having played 54 games, scoring 54 goals and 42 assists for 96 points, making her the all-time leading scorer in women's international hockey. During that time, teams on which she played won an Olympic gold medal, Olympic silver, one World Championship and eight silver medals in World Championship tournaments. In 2007, Cammi was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for her contributions to hockey in the United States. The next year, Cammi broke the invisible ceiling when she was inducted into the IIHF's Hall of Fame along with Geraldine Heaney and Angela James.
Her hockey career far from over, Granato was rinkside reporter for NBC's NHL coverage and a colour commentator on NBC's coverage of women's ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. She started the Golden Dreams for Children Foundation, providing support for special needs children. She also operates an annual hockey camp for girls during summers in Chicago and is a partner in BelaHockey, a company that creates hockey accessories for girls. Cammi is married to former NHL star Ray Ferraro.
In 2010, Cammi Granato made history by earning the right to become the first woman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.