WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester IceCats General Manager of Hockey Operations Larry Pleau announced that the club has been informed that IceCats Head Coach Don Granato has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Granato has returned to his hometown outside of Chicago to begin immediate treatment.
In 1999-2000, Granato coached Peoria to the Kelly Cup Championship and a regular season record of 45-20-5. Prior to joining Peoria, Granato was head coach and general manager of the Columbus (Ohio) Chill from 1997-99.
In Granato’s absence, assistant coach Steve Pleau will assume the head coaching duties for the balance of the season. St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Kitchen, who has recently been assisting Pleau, will remain in Worcester.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or Hodgkin’s Disease, is a malignant growth of cells in the lymph system.