It’s hard to ask for more than what Ryan Donato gave the Boston Bruins during his first stint as a National Hockey League player at the end of last season.
The Scituate, Mass., native totaled nine points in 12 games before appearing three times in the playoffs, all just after completing his junior year at Harvard. He is better for the experience and excited for a full-season taste of the sport’s highest level.
“It was a blessing to be able to see the guys and how pro hockey is played at the toughest time of the year. Now, I get to start from scratch where everybody starts from, so I just want to prove that I can play,” said Donato, who became just the second Bruin in history to post three points in his NHL debut last March 19. “It just goes to show how hard I needed to train during the summer, what things I wanted to work on and get stronger.”