Donato Named Finalist for Spencer Penrose Award Honoring CCM/AHCA Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year

Donato has led Harvard to its most wins since 1988-89 (Laurie Baumbach).
Donato has led Harvard to its most wins since 1988-89 (Laurie Baumbach).


GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey, has been named a finalist for the Spence Penrose Award given to the CCM/AHCA Men's Hockey Division I Coach of the Year.

Voting will be conducted prior to this year's Frozen Four in Chicago, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 5. The nominees represent any coach who won or shared Coach of the Year honors in his conference this past season, along with coaches whose teams have advanced to the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey semifinals.

Donato has led the Crimson to a historic season this year. En route to its first Frozen Four appearance since 1994, Harvard has won the Beanpot, Ivy League title, a share of the ECAC Hockey regular season crown and the ECAC Tournament championship. Harvard has 28 wins this season, its most since 1988-89 (31), and is riding an 18-game unbeaten streak and 16-game win streak, both program records. Harvard advanced to the Frozen Four after defeating Providence and Air Force at the East Regional last weekend.

Earlier this season, Donato was honored as the Ivy League Coach of the Year and a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year.

The Spencer Penrose Award is named in memory of the Colorado Springs benefactor who built the Broadmoor Hotel Complex, site of the first 10 NCAA championship hockey tournaments. The actual award will be presented at the AHCA Coach of the Year Banquet in Naples, Florida, on Wednesday evening, April 26. The AHCA Coach of the Year Awards are chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association and sponsored by CCM.