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Olympic winner, Cammi Granato, was born March 25, 1971 in Downers Grove, Illinois. Granato is a former ice hockey player.
Cammi Granato was the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team that won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. She is the younger sister of former NHL player and current Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Tony Granato, and a graduate of Providence College. Granato played hockey for Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, until CIAU added more restrictive rules on non-Canadians. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and has played in every world championship for the U.S. She is married to former NHL player Ray Ferraro. She is also a rinkside reporter for NBC's NHL coverage. She was named USA Women's Player of the Year in 1996.
Granato was dropped from the US National team unexpectedly before the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, after being a part of the program since its inaugural season. Cammi provided support for special needs children by starting Golden Dreams for Children Foundation. She also runs an annual hockey camp during the summer in Chicago for young girls.
In May 2008 Cammi Granato was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of fame with three other women's hockey players - the first women to be given such an honor. On September 18, 2007 Granato was announced one of the four recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Trophy. Currently, she resides in Vancouver. She is a partner in BelaHockey, a company that creates hockey accessories for girls.
On August 12, 2008, it was announced that Granato would be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of fame, the first woman to be in the Hall. The induction ceremony took place on October 10, 2008 at the University of Denver.