Junior Ryan Donato '19 (Boston Bruins), Alexander Kerfoot '17 (Colorado Avalanche), Alex Killorn '12 (Tampa Bay Lightning), and Dominic Moore '03 (Toronto Maple Leafs) will all compete for the Stanley Cup.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's ice hockey will be represented by four former student-athletes in the 2018 National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs, which begin tonight. Junior Ryan Donato '19 (Boston Bruins), Alexander Kerfoot '17 (Colorado Avalanche), Alex Killorn '12 (Tampa Bay Lightning), and Dominic Moore '03 (Toronto Maple Leafs) will all compete for the Stanley Cup.
Donato signed a professional contract with the Boston Bruins on March 18 after a year to remember with Harvard in 2017-18. A Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist, First Team All-American, and the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, Donato had 43 points (26 goals, 17 assists) in 2017-18, leading the Crimson in scoring, and leading the nation in goals per game (.90). The Scituate, Mass. native 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. Most notably, 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. Donato has made an immediate impact with the Bruins, with nine points (five goals, four assists) in 12 games. He is continuing his studies at Harvard while pursuing his pro career. The Bruins will take on Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.
Kerfoot, who signed a pro contract with the Avalanche in August, had a fantastic debut season with Colorado, one of the surprise stories of the NHL season. In 79 games, Kerfoot recorded 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists), finishing 11th among all NHL rookies in scoring, and ninth among first-year players in goals scored. Kerfoot and the Avalanche will play Nashville in a first round series.
Killorn had his best year as a pro with the Lightning in 2017-18, recording 47 points (15 goals, 32 assists) in 82 games, helping Tampa Bay to an Atlantic Division title and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. In his sixth season with Tampa Bay, Killorn will make his fourth run at a Stanley Cup. The Lightning will take on New Jersey in an opening round series.
Moore, a Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductee in 2018, will begin another Stanley Cup journey in his 14th NHL season. In 50 games with the Maple Leafs, Moore recorded six goals and six assists. Moore, who made the playoffs as a member of the Boston Bruins last season, will take on his former team in the first round this year.
Donato, Kerfoot, Killorn, and Moore were among seven Harvard Hockey alumni who skated in the NHL this season, including Alex Biega '10 (Vancouver Canucks), Kyle Criscuolo '16 (Buffalo Sabres), and Jimmy Vesey '16 (New York Rangers).