Former Captain Back at Whale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Ryan Donald, the captain of the 2009-10 Yale hockey team that won the ECAC Hockey regular-season championship, has returned to the Bulldogs as an assistant coach.
Donald, who had recently been named assistant coach and assistant general manager of the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, jumped at the chance to return to his alma mater and join Keith Allain's staff.
"Since I got into coaching two years ago, I've been thinking how exciting it would be to return to Yale as a coach. It's truly a dream coming true," said Donald, who led the Elis to a win over North Dakota in the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal at Worcester, Mass.
The former Yale defenseman and four-year letterman helped the Elis win three Ivy League Championships and ECAC regular season and tournament titles. He arrived in New Haven for Allain's first season as head coach and left with 72 victories.
Donald went on to play for the Providence Bruins and Charlotte Checkers of the AHL and the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators.
"This is also a great opportunity for me to learn from a coach [Allain] with a wealth of knowledge and experience," said Donald, whose junior career included Fort Saskatchewan (AJHL Rookie of Year) and Camrose (assistant captain).
The former bruising Bulldog blueliner was a coach and assistant GM of the Maritime Junior Hockey League's Woodstock Slammers from 2013-15.
Prior to that, Donald, a political science major at Yale, served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Florida Junior Everblades (EJHL) during the 2011-12 season.