Ryan Donato Misses Tuesday's Practice For A Good Reason

Published March 20, 2018 at 8:12 PM

"Sorry professor, I don't have my homework today, but I've got this really cool video of me scoring my first NHL goal!"

That's a conversation that just may have happened in a Harvard University lecture hall today.

The Boston Bruins held a skate this afternoon after they landed in St. Louis before taking on the Blues Wednesday night.  Ryan Donato, who had a goal and two assists in his NHL debut last night, was absent from the workout.

After practice head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Donato missed practice so he could be in class at Harvard as he looks to close out his junior year. 

"I'm planning on finishing the semester academically. I want to finish the semester academically," said Donato on Monday, per NBC Sports Boston. "Obviously it's going to be something that's difficult, but for me it was a dream to graduate from Harvard. I'm putting that off a little bit, but I need to be able to finish this semester in order to have that opportunity, and not put it off for another couple of years. I want to finish out the semester."

Donato plans on studying and doing his homework while on road trips for the remainder of the season.  He is also going to enroll in classes over the summer so he can obtain his degree.

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