ALBANY, N.Y. – Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey, has been named a finalist for the Tim Taylor Coach of the Year Award of ECAC Hockey, as announced by the league Wednesday, March 8.
Donato was joined on the finalist list by Union's Rick Bennett and Princeton's Ron Fogarty.
Under Donato Harvard earned a share of the ECAC Hockey regular-season title, and the top seed in the ECAC Hockey Playoffs. The title is the 11th in program history and first since the 1993-94 campaign. The Crimson has been ranked in the top ten throughout the entire season and is currently riding the nation's second longest winning streak at 12 games (11-0-1). Harvard went over the 20-win plateau for a season for the 17th time in program history. It is only the second 20-win season in the last 10 years for Harvard as it had 21 in 2014-15. The Crimson is unbeaten at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this season, going 11-0-2. The last time Harvard finished a season unbeaten at home was 1993-94 when it went 10-0-3. Harvard showcased a balanced attack this season finishing second in both scoring offense (3.86 goals per game) and scoring defense (2.14 goals per game) in league-play.
Nationally, Harvard has the largest scoring margin in the country at 1.97. It ranks second in overall scoring offense at 4.17 gpg and eighth in scoring defense at 2.21 gpg. The Crimson also lead the nation in team winning percentage at .793 (22-5-2). Its five losses are the fewest in the country.
Donato was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year last week. He led Harvard to an 8-1-1 mark in the Ancient Eight and its first outright conference title since 2006.