Ryan Donato has had a whirlwind year: making the US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, playing at a high level for the Harvard Crimson, and finally signing an ELC with his hometown team, the Boston Bruins. His debut on Monday night was fantastic. But there’s something you might not know about Ryan Donato and how he’s going to spend his days.
When Donato signed his deal on Sunday night, it was revealed that he’s going to remain enrolled and taking classes toward his degree at Harvard because that is what you do.
Donato camp/#NHLBruins met all afternoon, per source. Ryan will continue as student at Harvard. Expected to be in Boston lineup on Monday. Contract runs thru 18-19 season
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) March 18, 2018
— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) March 18, 2018
#NHLBruins Ryan Donato confirms he's still a student at Harvard. "So you're bringing the books on the road trip?" "Yep."
— Matt Kalman (@MattKalman) March 19, 2018
I love this. I love that this kid has a good head on his shoulders and a good support system. His completing his degree is not only an awesome goal, it is a sound one. Use your skills, make money, and finish that degree from Harvard. Brilliant.
Ryan Donato is not at Bruins practice today because he had and was in class this morning.
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 20, 2018
In case you missed it: Paul Postma and Jordan Szwarz have been called up on an emergency recall; Anton Blidh has been assigned to Providence.
🎥 Jordan Szwarz on his recall from Providence: “You never wanna see guys go down with injuries…it’s given me an opportunity to get back up here. Hopefully I can make the best of it." pic.twitter.com/ZS9GabL0aA
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 20, 2018
The following players did not travel with the team for this four-game roadtrip (St. Louis, Dallas, Minnesota, Winnipeg): Rick Nash (UBI, day-to-day), Zdeno Chara (unspecified, day-to-day), Patrice Bergeron (foot; no time table for return but is skating at Warrior), Jake DeBrusk (UBI, no time table for return).
David Backes (leg, day-to-day) did travel with the team and is awaiting approval from team doctors before he can hit the ice again.
“Just for the wound to heal so we don’t have an infection which persists and creates a bigger injury,” said Backes. “It’s a little sore, feels like a Charlie horse, but whenever the docs say it’s OK, as far as this being closed up enough, then it should be fine. I don’t know if that’s five days, seven days, 10 days, probably somewhere in that realm I’ll be back functional again.”
I hope that he heals well without further complication and can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, regular and post.
The Bruins take the ice at Scottrade against the Blues for Rivalry Night on NBCSNOMGWTFBBQ.