Sabres Coach ‘Donny Meatballs’ Advertises Tee Shirts For Charity

AP) – There’s no bib called for to safeguard this shirt.

Buffalo Sabres coach Don Granato is embracing his “Donny Meatballs” nickname by having it splashed on a T-shirt to raise cash for the not-for-profit organization Mental Health America.

Granato teamed with Buffalo-based Pasteurized Tees to create a Sabres’ blue and gold-colored T-shirt layout, which took place sale today to accompany the start of training camp. The layout features a plate of spaghetti topped with five meatballs, a nod to the playful nickname Granato obtained after taking over as acting coach adhering to Ralph Krueger’s dismissal in March.

Initial created by a local blog writer, the nickname stuck and became popular on social media.

Upon announcing Granato’s working with on a full-time basis in June, the Sabres released a video revealing a plate of meatballs on a table along with a nameplate displaying Granato’s title being changed from acting to head coach.

“I am thrilled to embrace this nickname for a good cause and assistance of our area,” Granato said in a statement. “My hope is to take this fan-created nickname a step additionally by locating ways to offer back. The 54-year-old Granato is of Italian heritage. Expanded up in Illinois as part of a noted hockey family.

His sibling Tony played 13 NHL seasons and is presently the head coach at Wisconsin, while his sister Cammi is a two-time Olympian, the initial female Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and a scout for the NHL expansion team Seattle Kraken.