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Ryan Donato (born April 9, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round, 56th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[1][2]

Ryan Donato
Born (1996-04-09) April 9, 1996 (age 23)
Scituate, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Center/Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Boston Bruins
National team  United States
NHL Draft 56th overall, 2014
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2018–present

Donato is the son of former Bruins and longtime NHL player Ted Donato.

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Donato played high school hockey with Dexter School in Massachusetts. He was selected in the second round, 56th overall, by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Continuing to play with Dexter, Donato made his junior debut with the South Shore Kings in the United States Premier Hockey League before finishing with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League, having committed to a collegiate career with Harvard University, in following his father's footsteps who was now the Crimson's head coach.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

Boston BruinsEdit

Having led the Crimson as a junior in scoring through the 2017–18 season with 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in just 29 games, Donato opted to leave the college early and turn professional. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Bruins on March 18, 2018.[4][5] Despite leaving college hockey, Donato was still enrolled in Harvard classes and was aiming to finish the semester while playing in the NHL.[6] He made his NHL debut the next day where he recorded his first NHL goal and added two assists in a 5–4 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.[7] Donato made his playoff debut during Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs in a 7–3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.[8]

Donato began the 2018–19 season with the Bruins. On November 1, he was assigned to the Bruins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins after playing in 11 games.[9] He was recalled by Boston on November 28 after recording nine points in 10 games for Providence.[10] Donato was reassigned to Providence on January 28, 2019.[11]

Minnesota WildEdit

On February 20, 2019, Donato and a 2019 conditional fifth-round pick were traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Charlie Coyle.[12] He made his debut for the Wild on February 21, recording two assists in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.[13]

On July 16, 2019, the Wild re-signed Donato to a two-year, $3.8 million contract extension.[14]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2016 Finland

Donato made his first appearance at the international level as a junior when he was selected by the United States to participate in the 2016 World Junior Championships. He finished the tournament with 3 goals and 4 points in 7 games, resulting in a bronze medal.

Donato was selected for the United States men's national ice hockey team, to compete in the men's tournament at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[15][16] Donato led the United States in scoring, with six points; additionally, his five goals place him in a tie for the most goals scored – alongside Ilya Kovalchuk and Kirill Kaprizov. However, the team’s overall performance was a disappointment as team USA skated to a seventh-place finish.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Dexter School USHS 26 14 22 36 8
2012–13 Dexter School USHS 28 29 31 60 14
2013–14 Dexter School USHS 30 37 41 78 16
2014–15 Dexter School USHS 31 18 35 53 16
2014–15 South Shore Kings USPHL 13 5 5 10 4
2014–15 Omaha Lancers USHL 8 5 5 10 4 3 1 0 1 15
2015–16 Harvard University ECAC 32 13 8 21 26
2016–17 Harvard University ECAC 36 21 19 40 25
2017–18 Harvard University ECAC 29 26 17 43 10
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 12 5 4 9 2 3 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 34 6 3 9 2
2018–19 Providence Bruins AHL 18 7 5 12 7
2018–19 Minnesota Wild NHL 22 4 12 16 4
2018–19 Iowa Wild AHL 3 2 3 5 4 11 2 4 6 4
NHL totals 68 15 19 34 8 3 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2016 United States WJC   7 3 1 4 2
2018 United States OG 7th 5 5 1 6 2
Junior totals 7 3 1 4 2
Senior totals 5 5 1 6 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
USHL
All-USA Hockey First Team 2015
College
ECAC All-Tournament Team 2017
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 2017 [18]
All-Ivy League First Team 2017
Ivy-League Players of the Year 2017 [19]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2018 [20]
Hobey Baker Award (Finalist) 2017–18
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year 2017–18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ryan Donato". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bruins 'Excited' About Ryan Donato's Development Path, See Him As Winger In NHL – Boston Bruins". NESN.com. February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ted Donato Bio". Official Website of Harvard Athletics. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bruins sign Donato to entry-level deal". The Sports Network. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bruins Sign Ryan Donato To Entry-Level Contract". nhl.com/bruins. National Hockey League. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018. Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 18, that the team has signed Harvard forward Ryan Donato to a two-year entry-level contract. Donato will join the Boston Bruins and will be eligible to play in tomorrow night's game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden.
  6. ^ Conroy, Steve (March 22, 2018). "Bruins notebook: Ryan Donato's homework not just on ice, as he aims to finish Harvard classes". Boston Herald. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ryan Donato nets goal, 2 assists for Bruins one day after signing entry-level contract". ESPN.com. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bruins' Ryan Donato: Makes NHL playoff debut". cbssports.com. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Bruins Assign Ryan Donato To Providence". NHL.com. November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bruins Recall Ryan Donato From Providence". Boston Bruins. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "To recap today's #NHLBruins transactions: Tuukka Rask has been placed on IR retro to Jan. 19. He won't play Tues. vs. Jets. Trent Frederic, Peter Cehlarik, & Zane McIntyre (emergency basis) have been recalled from @AHLBruins. Ryan Donato & JFK have been assigned to Providence". Twitter. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "Wild acquires Forward Ryan Donato from Bruins". Minnesota Wild. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Murphy, Brian (February 22, 2019). "Wild catch needed break in win over Rangers". The Pioneer Press. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Wild re-signs Donato to two-year contract". Minnesota Wild. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "College hockey: Harvard's Ryan Donato named National Player of the Month". NCAA.com. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Futterman, Matthew (February 13, 2018). "Ryan Donato Goes From Harvard to Olympic Hockey Stardom". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "Statistics". IIHF. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Awards - NCAA (ECAC) Second All-Stat Team". Eliteprospects.com.
  19. ^ "Ryan Donato named Ivy League player of the year". Dexter School. March 3, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  20. ^ "Donato, Fox Named CCM/AHCA Hockey Division I First Team All-Americans". gocrimson.com. April 6, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike Vecchione
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
2017–18
Succeeded by
Adam Fox