GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Ted Donato, a 1992 U.S. Olympic hockey player, wasn’t going to miss his son playing in the Olympics, even if he only gets a few days away from coaching the Harvard Crimson.
Soon after Ryan Donato scored the first goal of the U.S.’ 5-1 win over Slovakia in Tuesday’s quarterfinals, Ted was shown on the NBCSN broadcast, sitting between his wife and mother-in-law in a black Harvard hockey vest.
There Ted was again after Ryan scored the U.S.’ final goal in the third period.
Ted coached Harvard to a 5-2 win on senior night on Saturday, then took the first flight out Sunday morning, arriving in South Korea on Monday night.
“I came here with the intentions that he was not going to be able to come here,” Ryan said. “But it just worked out that he was able to slip away and miss a couple practices, and that’s it.”