Ryan Donato Named Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist

Ryan Donato Named Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist

Junior forward Ryan Donato is Harvard's fourth Hobey Baker Award Top 10 finalist in the last four seasons. 


Junior forward Ryan Donato has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, the award's committee announced on Wednesday (March 14). This marks the fourth straight year that Harvard has had a top-10 finalist for college hockey's highest honor. 

Donato is in the midst of his best season at Harvard, leading the team with 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists) in 28 games. An All-ECAC Hockey First Team and All-Ivy First Team selection, Donato leads the nation with an average of .93 goals per game, and had a conference-leading .89 points per game in ECAC Hockey contests. He has three hat tricks on the season, with three goals in Harvard's Game 3 series-clinching 4-2 win over Dartmouth in the ECAC Quarterfinals.

A native of Scituate, Mass., Donato had a career high 14-game point streak (14 goals, eight assists) to open the season, and was the first player in college hockey to reach 20 goals this year, taking just 19 games to do it. Donato played for the U.S. men's ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, leading the team with six points (five goals, assist) before returning to complete the season at Harvard.

Off the ice, Donato participated in the team's annual One Summit Learn to Skate event. One Summit is an organization that helps children battling cancer build confidence and courage through a partnership with a Navy SEAL. He has also been involved in the team's volunteer work at the Cristo Rey Boston school in Dorchester, where the team spends a day cleaning up and preparing the school for the academic year.

A fan vote will continue over the next 11 days (March 14-25) for the Hobey Baker Award at www.hobeybaker.com. The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on March 29 at 12 pm, and the Hobey winner will be announced Friday, April 8 from the Roy Wilkens Auditorium in St. Paul, MN with the announcement airing on the NHL Network. 

2018 Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalists
Henrik Borgstrom, So., Denver
Ryan Donato, Jr., Harvard
Matthew Galajda, Fr., Cornell
Adam Gaudette, Jr., Northeastern
Dylan McLaughlin, Jr., Canisius
Cale Morris, So., Notre Dame
Colton Point, So., Colgate
Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., St. Cloud
Dylan Sikura, Sr., Northeastern
C.J. Suess, Sr., Minnesota State