Bruins draft local Ryan Donato at No. 56

June, 28, 2014
Jun 28
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In the second round (56th overall) of the 2014 NHL draft, the Boston Bruins stayed local and selected 18-year-old Boston native Ryan Donato.

"Really excited. No words to explain it right now," he told reporters in Philadelphia.

Donato, a 6-foot, 174-pound center from the Dexter School, is the son of former Bruins forward and current Harvard men's ice hockey coach Ted Donato.

"I've just grown up around the rinks -- it would be a dream come true, and when they had the pick, I was shaking in my seat for a minute while they were waiting and I couldn't be happier with the pick," Ryan Donato told reporters. "Proud to be in such a great organization now."

The Bruins drafted Ted Donato in the fifth round (98th overall) in 1987, and he eventually played nine seasons for the Bruins.

"I follow the team religiously," Ryan Donato said. "Just being in Boston, it’s such a big part of Boston. I couldn’t be happier going to this team -- just being around the guys, growing up with all the Bruins players in the house, being friends with all the Bruins players. There really are no words to describe it right now."

Donato recorded 37 goals and 41 assists for 78 points in 30 games for Dexter last season. Overall, in three seasons he has registered 174 points in 83 games.

He plans on playing for his father at Harvard starting in the fall of 2015, but he still needs to decide whether he’ll return to Dexter for his senior year or play for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL this coming season.

"I'll talk to [the Bruins] and see what they think, and now that the draft's over, I got a weight lifted off my shoulders and I think I can make a clear decision soon," he told reporters.

Speaking about his father, he added, "Me and him have a good relationship, and I think it's going to be beneficial because he's not going to be afraid to tear me apart as much as any other guy. So I think it's going to be good and I think he'll get me ready the fastest to hopefully play NHL hockey."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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