Boston Bruins: Top 30 Draft Picks of All Time

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20. Ted Donato – 1987 – 98th Overall

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Ted Donato has done it all in hockey in Massachusetts. From playing in championship games in high school, to scoring the game-winning goal in the NCAA championship as a member of Harvard in 1989, to playing for his home-town team of the Boston Bruins, and eventually returning to Harvard as a coach, Donato has had an illustrious career.

In his 796 career games in the NHL, Ted Donato scored 150 goals and added 197 assists for 347 points. Showing that he still had an affinity for scoring big goals, even at the NHL level, Ted Donato went on to score 22 game winners in his NHL career. While Donato did come up as a clutch performer many times in his career, he was most known for his penalty killing ability. With a high hockey-IQ and elite speed, Donato earned his way to the US Olympic team in 1992, as well as three world championships on the United States teams in 1997, 1999, and 2002.

Ted Donato’s legacy could live on in Boston for years to come in the form of his son, Ryan Donato, who the Bruins drafted in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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