BOSTON - Bruins forward Ryan Donato was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award - presented annually to the best college hockey player in the nation - on Thursday afternoon. The 21-year-old left Harvard earlier this month, following his junior season, during which he collected 43 points (26 goals, 17 assists) in 29 games to lead the Crimson.
The Scituate native joined the Bruins on March 18, signing a two-year, entry-level contract. In five games with the Black & Gold, Donato has three goals and two assists.
Donato, who played for his father and former Bruin Ted at Harvard, finished his Crimson career with 104 points in 97 games, becoming the 32nd player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau.
The forward also led the nation with .90 goals per game and was named to the All-ECAC and All-Ivy First Teams. In addition, Donato suited up for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics and led the Americans with six points (five goals, one assist).
The winner of the 2018 Hober Baker will be announced on April 6 in St. Paul, Minn. Henrik Borgstrom (Denver) and Adam Gaudette (Northeastern) are the other two finalists.