Edmond native Matt Donovan was called up Monday by the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. Donovan is the first player born, raised and trained in Oklahoma to ever play in the NHL.
The 21-year-old defenseman has spent this season with the Islanders' farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. He ranks fourth among AHL defensemen with 42 points.
Donovan was an All-American at NCAA hockey power Denver and helped the U.S. win gold at the 2010 World Junior Championships. He is the son of Larry Donovan, a former coach of the OU club hockey team and player for the Oklahoma City Blazers.