Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ted Donato
Ted Donato played high school hockey at Catholic Memorial in Massachusetts. In 1987-88, he enrolled at Harvard University and scored 26 points as an ECAC freshman. The following season, he scored 51 points. At the NCAA championships, he was named a Tournament All-Star as well as the Tournament MVP. In 1989-90, Donato scored 11 points in just 16 games. In 1990-91, he scored 56 points and paced the league with 37 assists. That year, he was named an ECAC First Team All-Star.

Donato was selected 98th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. After the 1992 Winters Olympics, he made his NHL debut on March 8 against the Chicago Blackhawks and on March 14, scored his first NHL goal against the Quebec Nordiques. In ten regular season games, Donato scored three points and in the playoffs scored seven points in 15 games as the Bruins reached the Wales Conference finals before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1992-93, Donato played 82 games as a rookie and scored 35 points as the team won the Adams Division season title. In 1993-94, he played all 84 games and scored 22 goals and 54 points and in the shortened 1994-95 season, Donato scored 20 points in 47 games while suiting up for TuTo Turku in the Finnish Elite League.

Donato played four more seasons in Beantown before he was dealt to the New York Islanders and then the Ottawa Senators early into 1998-99 season. During the off-season, Donato was traded yet again to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks where he played one season with the club.

In the summer of 2000, Donato signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars. After one season in the Lone Star state, Donato returned to the Islanders, and from there Los Angeles and St. Louis in 2001-02, while seeing some action in the AHL with Bridgeport Sound and Manchester.

After playing in five cities in 2001-02, Donato was yet a again on the move in 2002-03 splitting his time with New York Rangers and their AHL affiliate in Hartford. In the summer of 2003, Donato made a return to Beantown where it all began for the Harvard grad back in 1991-92. Upon his return to the Bruins, Donato went on to play 63 games with the club and another 15 games with the club's AHL affiliate in Providence before opting to call it a career at the end of the 2003-04 season.

Aside from his Olympic experience, Donato represented the U.S. at the World Junior Championships (1988) and the World Championships (1997, 1999 and 2002).

In the summer of 2004, Donato accepted the head-coaching job at Harvard University.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Catholic Memorial Knights High-MA 22 29 34 63 30
1987-88 Harvard Crimson ECAC 28 12 14 26 24
1987-88 United States WJC-A 7 3 2 5 18
1988-89 Harvard Crimson ECAC 34 14 37 51 30
1989-90 Harvard Crimson ECAC 16 5 6 11 34
1990-91 Harvard Crimson ECAC 27 19 37 56 26
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 52 11 22 33 24
1991-92 United States Olympics 8 4 3 7 8
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 10 1 2 3 8 -1 15 3 4 7 4
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 82 15 20 35 61 +2 4 0 1 1 0
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 84 22 32 54 59 0 13 4 2 6 10
1994-95 TuTo Turku Finland 14 5 5 10 47
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 47 10 10 20 10 +3 5 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 82 23 26 49 46 +6 5 1 2 3 2
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 67 25 26 51 37 -9
1996-97 United States WC-A 8 4 2 6 8
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 79 16 23 39 54 +6 5 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 14 1 3 4 4 0
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 55 7 11 18 27 -10
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 3 2 5 10 +2 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 2 6 8 6
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 81 11 19 30 26 -3
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 65 8 17 25 26 +6 8 0 1 1 0
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -2
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -2
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 36 18 25 43 19 +2 5 1 3 4 0
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 1 3 4 2 +2
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 49 2 1 3 6 -1
2002-03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 18 8 12 20 14 +3
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 63 6 5 11 18 +2 2 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Providence Bruins AHL 15 3 9 12 24 -1
2004-05
NHL Totals 796 150 197 347 396 58 8 10 18 22


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1989)
NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (1989)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1991) Traded to NY Islanders by Boston for Ken Belanger, November 7, 1998. Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders for Ottawa's 4th round choice (later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Preston Mizzi) in 1999 Entry Draft, March 20, 1999. Traded to Anaheim by Ottawa with the rights to Antti-Jussi Niemi for Patrick Lalime, June 18, 1999. Signed as a free agent agent by Dallas, August 17, 2000. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, January 16, 2002. Claimed on waivers by Los Angeles from NY Islanders, January 28, 2002. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Los Angeles, March 6, 2002. Claimed on waivers by Los Angeles from St. Louis, March 19, 2002.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to shoulder injury vs. St. John's (AHL), January 9, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 8, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 22, 2003.