Boston High School: Ted Donato

Dexter's Ryan Donato commits to Harvard

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
Dexter School hockey junior center Ryan Donato announced his college decision Monday, giving a verbal commitment to Harvard, joining his father Ted's Crimson.

It is anticipated Donato's commitment is for the 2015-16 season.

A 1996 birthdate, the 6-foot, 174-pound Scituate native was the highest ranked prep school player in New England in the NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Report released earlier this month. Donato ranked 54th among North American skaters.

Last year, Donato posted 29-31-60 totals in 28 games played at Dexter.

"He expects himself to do great things every time he's on the ice, that's the sign of a great player," said Dexter head coach Dan Donato, Ryan's uncle. "I've been really fortunate to have coached three players that have gone on to the NHL, but in some ways, Ryan's on another planet. I truly believe his best hockey is ahead of him."

Donato also fielded offers from Boston College and Boston University, before choosing the Crimson -- both his father's alma mater and where he's coached for the last 10 seasons.

"I think with his father being there, it ended up being a nice possibility for him," Dan Donato said. "I'm so happy for him. [Harvard] is the ultimate pinnacle of where high school hockey players look to go, especially in the Boston area. I'm not knocking any other schools, they're terrific schools, but this was a special opportunity for him."
Phillips Andover hockey center Eddie Ellis has committed to Harvard for the 2014-15 season, his coach Dean Boylan confirmed.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Burlington, Mass. native was recently drafted by Waterloo in the USHL Futures Draft. He tallied 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points last season at Phillips Andover.

"Coach [Ted] Donato will be getting an excellent hockey player for his program," Boylan said. "He will also be receiving a terrific young man. Eddie enters this season as a two-year captain for Andover, which speaks to his leadership abilities and his character. We are very proud of him."

This story was first reported by Mike McMahon of the Eagle-Tribune.

Prep's Colin Blackwell drafted by Sharks

June, 27, 2011
St. John's Prep center Colin Blackwell, ESPN Boston's inaugural Mr. Hockey Award recipient, was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (194th overall) of the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

It came somewhat as a surprise for the Harvard-bound skater.

"I was home watching the draft throughout the day," Blackwell said. "But I was in the other room when I got picked.

"All of a sudden, my girlfriend started screaming from in front of the television, telling me to get in there. It was amazing."

The 5-foot-8, 164-pound forward is slated to play for head coach Ted Donato as a true freshman next year.

In 2010-11, the Eagles captain and North Andover resident led Prep to its first Super Eight tournament final appearance and was named the Catholic Conference’s Most Valuable Player.

Blackwell tallied 33 goals and 33 assists for 66 points and was a +42 during the regular season. He also added seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in five games to lead all scorers in the Division 1A tournament.

In the run-up to the draft, Blackwell had met with the Sharks scouting department for an interview. He said he'd also talked to the L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues.

"This is the highlight to my high school experience," Blackwell said. "It's such a great honor, but this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life."

Blackwell is not the only local tie on the Sharks' present roster, which also boasts Essex's Benn Ferriero as well as St. John's Prep alum John McCarthy.

"It's great to join an orgiazation like [the Sharks]. It shows that there's talent in New England, in Massachusetts, and we can play."

While reflecting on the achievement of being drafted, Blackwell was only looking ahead.

"This is just the beginning. There's a lot of hard work to put in now [at Harvard]. Getting drafted, this is just one goal, now it's time to move on to the next one."