Ryan Donato, Noah Welch '05 Named To U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Ryan Donato, Noah Welch '05 Named To U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Harvard Men's Hockey Olympians

NEW YORK, NY – Junior forward Ryan Donato and former Harvard standout Noah Welch '05 will represent the United States in men's ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, USA Hockey announced today. Donato and Welch were selected to the 25-man roster that will make-up the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, released today during the NHL Winter Classic.

Team USA will gather for its first practice in South Korea approximately a week before competition begins on Feb. 10.

Donato, a native of Scituate, Mass., is in the midst of his best individual season with the Crimson, recording a point in all 12 games to start the season and leading the team with 20 points (12 goals, eight assists). Donato is second in the nation with an average of 1.67 points per game. The 2017 Ivy Player of the Year and First Team All-Ivy and All-ECAC Hockey selection, Donato earned a bronze medal with the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Welch, a two-time All-American and standout defenseman at Harvard, captained the Crimson as a senior in 2004-05. The Brighton, Mass., native registered 76 points (23 goals, 53 assists) in 129 career games. He played on two ECAC Hockey Tournament (Whitelaw Cup) winning teams (2002, 2004), helping the Crimson reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his four years. Welch has enjoyed a 13-year professional career, including parts of five seasons in the NHL. He currently plays for Växjö Lakers HC in the Swedish Hockey League.

Harvard men's hockey is no stranger to the Winter Olympics, with 28 men's hockey alumni selected as a coach, player, or member of team personnel of their respective national teams, including current head coach Ted Donato '91, who represented the U.S. at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

The men's hockey competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is comprised of players currently on college rosters, those with AHL only contracts and those playing professionally in Europe. USA Hockey evaluated 30 players (none from college hockey ranks) on a preliminary team at the Deutschland Cup in Germany from Nov. 10-12.