The Boston Bruins announced they have signed Scituate native, Ryan Donato, to a two-year Entry Level Contract. Donato is eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The centerman will most likely crack the lineup and get his first taste of the pros early on in his career.
As a junior, Donato led the Harvard men’s hockey team in scoring with 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in 29 games. Donato ended up 4th in NCAA scoring this season with Harvard. The budding star was named the NCAA Ivy League Player of the Year and is also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Prior to Harvard, Donato played his high school hockey at the Dexter School where he racked up 227 points in 155 games played.
While playing at Harvard, Donato was selected to the 2018 USA Men’s Ice Hockey team for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Donato put on a real show in Pyeongchang and was the best player for the US team. Donato was tied for the most goals in the Olympics with 5 goals in 5 games. Donato’s six points all together led the US team.
The Bruins drafted Donato in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 56th overall. Son of former Bruin Ted Donato, Ryan has his sights on helping the Bruins go deep in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Donato has been a Bruins fan his whole life, getting the chance to play for his favorite team is a dream come true. He will be wearing No. 17 for the Bruins. If he does crack the lineup tonight in Columbus, he will make an instant impact. This kid is ready for the show, it’s his time to prove it.