Bruins Prospect Donato Remains Red-Hot In 2017-18

( Above Photo Credit:  ECAC Hockey )

By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato continues to add to his career-high point totals this season for the Harvard University team and with a three-point game last night against the St. Lawrence Saints on the road, it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down offensively. The 6′-0″ 181-pound forward is in a six-way tie ranked nationally in points with 20-10-30 numbers in 19 games played in 2017-18 and is ranked second in the country with a 1.57 points-per-game average.

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Donato, a Massachusetts native is currently in his junior year playing for the Crimson and his efforts on a Harvard team that’s ranked fourth in the ECAC Conference have not been overseen. The second round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft of the Bruins has got the attention of the United States Hockey Team that’s about to leave for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea for the games next month. With the exceptional season so far and the honor of representing his country, his fairy tale year doesn’t stop there as he’s heavily considered for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award given to the best player in Collegiate hockey.

Below in this Tweet is a way to vote as often as you’d like to see Ryan take home the ultimate NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Award.

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Last season Donato and the Crimson won the popular Beanpot Hockey Tournament defeating the Boston University Terriers and finished the year with a 28-6-2 campaign but with Ryan’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, he might have to pass on potentially raising the  Beanpot again this year. In the annual tournament that consists of teams from the Boston area, the Harvard team will matchup with Boston University on Monday, February 5th but the opening day of the Olympic games start on February 9th. Even if Ryan was to participate in the first game of the Beanpot, he most likely won’t be in the country if Harvard wins it’s first game and earns the right to represent his school when the Championship game is played a week later on February 12th. The 66th annual tournament features players from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University with all games being played at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  For tickets and more information about the event, please click HERE to be directed to the official TD Garden website.

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So far in his NCAA career, the highly skilled and forward has appeared in 87 games for the Crimson and contributed 54-37-91 numbers in the last three seasons. With his senior year remaining after the 2017-18 season and all the great things that he’s done, it’s hard to say what he and his family are going to decide as he’ll have to make a decision over the offseason whether he’s going  turning pro or return for his final year and put his education first.

Below are highlights of last night’s 4-3 overtime victory against the St, Lawrence Saints, and Donato’s two-goal effort.

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