Boston Bruins Press Release
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior forward Ryan Donato signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins, the team announced today (March 18). Originally drafted by the Bruins as a second round pick (56th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Donato had his best season (26 goals, 17 assists) in a Crimson uniform in 2017-18, capping off a memorable three-year career at Harvard.
"I am excited to announce that today I have fulfilled a lifelong dream, signing a NHL contract to play for the Boston Bruins," Donato said. "While I am beyond thrilled for this next opportunity, it comes with a bittersweet feeling, as my time as a student-athlete at Harvard comes to a close. I am so thankful for every day I have spent at Harvard and the remarkable people I have met along the way, from the classroom, to the ice, and beyond. It has truly been a privilege to wear the Harvard jersey and represent my school alongside such incredible teammates and coaches. My time in the Harvard Hockey program has provided me with some of my closest friends and fondest memories, and I will strive to continue representing Harvard well from afar as I enter this next stage of my life. While no longer on campus, I am so proud to consider myself a member of the greater Harvard community, and I am still fully dedicated to working towards another lifelong dream of mine: a degree from the university that has given me the best three years of my life."
The ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 finalist, Donato became the 32nd player in program history to top the 100-point mark, finishing his Crimson career with 104 points (60 goals, 44 assists) in 97 games played. An All-ECAC Hockey First Team and All-Ivy First Team selection, Donato led the nation with an average of .90 goals per game before the start of NCAA Tournament play, and had a conference-leading .89 points per game in ECAC Hockey contests. He recorded three hat tricks on the season, with three goals in Harvard's Game 3 series-clinching 4-2 win over Dartmouth in the ECAC Quarterfinals.
Donato also made waves last month as a member of the U.S. men's ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, leading the team with six points (five goals, assist) before returning to complete the season at Harvard. A native of Scituate, Mass., Donato surpassed his father Ted's goal total from the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. Ted Donato, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey, played parts of nine of his 13 NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins.
Off the ice, Donato participated in the team's annual One Summit Learn to Skate event. One Summit is an organization that helps children battling cancer build confidence and courage through a partnership with a Navy SEAL. He has also been involved in the team's volunteer work at the Cristo Rey Boston school in Dorchester, where the team spends a day cleaning up and preparing the school for the academic year.
Donato will join the Bruins for their game tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. on NESN.