GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Before he began his journey halfway across the globe, Harvard coach Ted Donato wrapped up his team’s senior night, knowing a coach belonged with his players. But a dad also needs to be with his son, so off Ted went to the airport. Boston to Detroit. Detroit to Seoul. Seoul to PyeongChang. PyeongChang to Gangneung — where finally, sometime Tuesday morning South Korea time, he headed to a waiting seat inside the Ice Hockey Centre here at the Winter Olympics.
Yet any exhaustion the former Bruin might have felt between quickly gave way to exhilaration, courtesy of the play of Ryan Donato, Ted and Jeannine’s 21-year-old son, otherwise known as Team USA’s breakout star.
With two more goals Tuesday, Ryan helped the US stave off the embarrassment of early elimination in a 5-1 blowout of Slovakia, pushing the Americans into a quarterfinal Wednesday against the Czech Republic.