New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent left wing Ted Donato. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Donato, 33, appeared in five National Hockey League contests last season with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues. He spent a majority of the season with Los Angeles American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, registering 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points, along with 19 penalty minutes in 36 contests. His 43 points tied for fourth on the team.
The 5-10, 178-pounder has skated in 684 career NHL contests with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues, registering 142 goals and 191 assists for 333 points, along with 372 penalty minutes. In 56 playoff matches, he tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, along with 22 penalty minutes. Donato enjoyed his finest NHL campaign with Boston during the 1993-94 season, skating in all 84 regular season matches, registering 22 goals and 32 assists for 54 points and establishing career-highs in games played (84), assists (32) and points (54).
Donato also represented the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France, appearing in eight matches, tallying four goals and three assists for seven points. Prior to his professional career, he enjoyed a standout college career with the Harvard University Crimson, highlighted by capturing the NCAA Championship in 1989 and being named the tournament's most valuable player, as well as to the All-Tournament Team. He was also named to the ECAC First All-Star Team following the 1990-91 season.
The Boston, Massachusetts native was originally the Boston Bruins sixth round choice, 98th overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.