BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins have drafted a very familiar name and face among longtime fans and players.
The Bruins picked Ryan Donato, 18, in the 2nd round, 56th overall of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6’0″, 174 lb. center was born and raised in the Boston area. He attended Dexter School, a prep school in Brookline.
His father, Ted Donato played eight seasons with the Bruins and is the current head coach at Harvard University.
“It’s a dream come true… and obviously the dream hasn’t come true yet because I’ve got to work to put this jersey on again,” Ryan told reporters.
Donato noted that Patrice Bergeron as a player he looks up to. Bergeron’s rookie season in 2003-04 overlapped with the elder Donato’s final season with the Bruins.
According to NHL.com, Donato tallied 78 points (37-41—78) in 30 games with Dexter School this past season, and 174 points (80-94—174) in 83 games over the past three years.
He also scored one goal in four games with the U.S. Under-18 team at the Four Nations Tournament.
Donato has also skated with the Cape Cod Whalers’ under-18 team for part of the past three seasons. His 2013-14 numbers were eight goals and nine assists in nine games.
NHL.com says Donato could return to Dexter for his senior season or choose to play for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.
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