Thomas Aiken, Ryan Donato, and Adam Fox were recognized by the New England Hockey Writers Association.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three members of the Harvard men's ice hockey team were honored with year-end recognition by the New England Hockey Writers Association, the organization announced today (March 28). Senior defenseman Thomas Aiken earned the Joe Tomasello Award (Unsung Hero), while sophomore defenseman Adam Fox earned the Bob Monahan Award (Best Defenseman). Junior forward Ryan Donato and Adam Fox were both named New England Men's Division I All-Stars.
An incredibly hard worker on the ice and in the classroom, senior defenseman Thomas Aiken was a steady presence on the blue line during his four-year career at Harvard. A native of Whitefish Bay, Wisc., Aiken played in 13 games for the Crimson, and had a key role in Harvard's 2015-16 postseason run, helping the Crimson earn an ECAC Hockey Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. On or off the ice, Aiken has made a great impact on the Harvard Hockey program, always the last one off the ice at practice or volunteering his time at community events, including the One Summit Skate and the Jimmy Fund Walk. Last season, he won the prestigious Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA of all competitors at the 2017 Frozen Four, becoming just the second student-athlete in Harvard history to earn the award.
A native of Scituate, Mass., Donato was the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 finalist after a fantastic year for Harvard. He became the 32nd player in program history to top the 100-point mark, finishing his Crimson career with 104 points (60 goals, 44 assists) in 97 games played. Donato had 43 points (26 goals, 17 assists) in 2017-18, leading the Crimson in scoring. A First Team All-ECAC Hockey and First Team All-Ivy selection, Donato led the nation with an average of .90 goals per game and had a conference-leading .89 points per game in ECAC Hockey contests. He 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.
Fox was a First Team All-ECAC Hockey selection and a First Team All-Ivy member after another season as one of the nation's top blueliners. He finished the season fifth in the nation among defensemen, averaging .97 points per game, with 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 29 games, including the first hat trick by a Harvard defenseman (Feb. 16 vs. St. Lawrence) since Jan. 28, 2011 (Danny Biega). A native of Jericho, N.Y., Fox had 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his last nine games to close the season. He won a bronze medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships with Team USA in January before returning to Harvard.