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Tony Granato, center, is introduced as the new head coach for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, with assistant coaches Don Granato, left, and Mark Osiecki, right.

The oral commitments keep rolling in for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey program.

New coach Tony Granato and his staff received another four commitments in recent days, bringing the total to at least 13 since June.

The latest group of commits includes Sampo Ranta, a forward from Naantali, Finland, who is set to join the program in 2017-18; twin brothers Chrisitan and Cole Krygier of Novi, Michigan, for the 2018-19 class and Sam Stevens, a forward from Montreal, Canada, for the 2019-20 class.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Ranta becomes the first 2017 commit for the new staff. He played for EC Salzburg U18 last year, producing 20 goals and nine assists in 19 games. He is set to play for Sioux City of the USHL this season.

Christian Cole is a 6-foot, 160-pound defenseman and Cole Krygier is a 6-1, 165-pound forward. They played for Little Caesars U16 team last year and are committed to play for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL this season. They become the third and fourth players to commit to Granato for 2018-19.

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“We knew we wanted to go to the same spot and Wisconsin was interested in both of us,” Cole Krygier said, via the USHL. “We were really impressed with what they had to offer. They have one of the best coaching staffs and some of the best facilities in college hockey.

“Wisconsin was the first school we visited and we didn’t think there was a need to visit any other school. Staying in the Big Ten and the Midwest were some of the most important things.”

They are sons of Todd Krygier, who had a nine-year career in the NHL with Hartford, Anaheim and Washington and now is an assistant coach at Western Michigan.

Stevens, a 6-1, 170-pound forward, played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Faribault, Minnesota, last season, where he produced 52 points in 53 games with 24 goals and 28 assists. He is the fourth commit for the 2019-20 class for the new staff, which also has commitments from four players for the 2020-21 class.


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