Catherine Michelle Granato, also known as Cammi Granato, is a retired female American ice-hockey legend. Born into a large hockey family, Cammi undoubtedly had other options with regards to her career. Yet after her brother, Tony, achieved success in the NHL, Cammi became more determined than ever to turn her passion for hockey into her career.
Despite growing up with competitive brothers trying to outshine her, Cammi was determined to achieve athletic infamy. After turning down the option to simply play goalie for her brothers, at the ripe old age of 5, Cammi joined a boys’ league and immediately became one of the top scorers on the team. Continuing to play on the all boys’ teams until the age of 16, Cammi was offered a hockey scholarship at Providence College as she prepared to exit high school. She then went on to be named “freshman player of the year” and was later selected as the “Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Women’s Hockey Player of the Year.”
Although Cammi achieved a great level of success, it did not come easy or without hard work. In fact, as she graduated from Providence College with zero NCAA eligibility, it seemed as though her athletic dreams would never be realized. However, as luck would have it, women’s hockey became an official Olympic Sport in 1998 at the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. With Cammi as captain, she and her American colleagues received an upset gold medal victory over the Canadians. Moreover, she was also bestowed with the honor of being flag-bearer at the closing ceremonies at the Olympics.
Cammi Granato’s impressive career concluded with her having played 54 games, scoring 54 goals and 42 assists for 96 points. This made her the all-time leading scorer in women’s international hockey. While competing on various teams throughout her career she earned an Olympic gold medal, an Olympic silver medal, a One World Championship as well as eight silver medals earned from World Championship tournaments. In 2007, Cammi was bestowed with the Lester Patrick Trophy for her contributions to United States hockey. Ultimately, Granato made history by being the first female inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
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