Edmond native Donovan drafted by Islanders

By Robert Przybylo Modified: June 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm •  Published: June 21, 2008
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I tried to act all calm when the Islanders called, but this is so awesome.”

Donovan’s next step is attending the Islanders’ mini-camp in July and soaking in everything he can before coming back to Oklahoma to train for the rest of the summer.

Nobody knows how difficult it is for an Oklahoman to get drafted more than Matt’s father, Larry Donovan. Larry is the head coach of the University of Oklahoma club hockey team.

“I can’t really explain it at this point,” Larry Donovan said. “I think it’s safe to say I’m the happiest dad in Oklahoma today.”

Matt Donovan said it’s really tough for players from Oklahoma to get noticed. But there is one ace in the hole, Mike McEwen. And it’s only fitting Donovan is drafted by the same team where McEwen won three Stanley Cup championships.

“He’s always been someone for us younger kids to look up to,” Matt Donovan said. “He would give us the confidence that stuff like this is possible.”

Donovan scored 12 goals with 18 assists in 59 games with Cedar Rapids last season. He also led the team in the plus-minus ratio with a plus-19.