Ryan Donato Named National College Hockey Player of the Month

Ryan Donato Named National College Hockey Player of the Month

Ryan Donato led Harvard with 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in four games during the month of December. 

WAKEFIELD, Mass. –
 Junior forward Ryan Donato who has started the season with a career-high 12-game point streak was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Player of the Month for December.

Donato finished the month as Division I leader in points per game (2.50); goals per game (2.00); hat tricks (2); shots on goal (5.75) and tied for first in both goals (8) and game-winning goals (2), while finishing second in points (10), recording eight goals and adding two assists.

Donato bookended the month of December with a pair of hat tricks, first recording three goals on Dec. 1 in a 6-2 win at Quinnipiac and then closing the month netting three goals and adding an assist in a Crimson win over host Vermont in the TD Bank Catamount Cup at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The hat tricks were the third and fourth of his career. He was selected to the All-Tournament Team, finishing the two games with four goals and one assist and also earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors in the last week of December. He was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Month for December as well. Donato currently leads the nation averaging 1.00 goals per game and 1.67 points per game.

On Monday afternoon, Donato was selected to the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team along with Harvard men's hockey alumnus Noah Welch '05. With the announcement, 28 Harvard men's hockey alumni have been 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.

Harvard hosts Rensselaer and Union this weekend at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, with the Crimson taking on RPI on Friday night at 7 p.m. in a game that will air on NESN.