Richard P. Donovan '73

Richard P. Donovan '73

A pure scorer with a flair for the dramatic, Dick Donovan’s name is etched in the fabric of Bowdoin athletics as one of the best “clutch” performers in the history of the men’s ice hockey program.

Skating onto the scene as a sophomore in 1970–1971, Donovan’s first year as a Polar Bear was perhaps his most memorable. Playing atMadison Square Garden in the prestigious ECAC Holiday Festival that included Division I powers Clarkson, Harvard, and Yale, Donovan justified Bowdoin’s inclusion, scoring a game-tying tally against the Bulldogs as the Polar Bears cruised to the ECAC Division II regular season crown.

But his most famous goal came in the final game of that season, against the University of Vermont in the ECAC Division II Championship game. Before nearly 3,000 fans at Dayton Arena, the game entered overtime tied at four apiece. Donovan received a pass from Bobby Petrie on the left wing and let fly from 15 feet away. The puck slipped between the pads of UVM’s Dave Reece and into the net to give Bowdoin their first ECAC Championship crown.

Although Bowdoin could not defend their title in Donovan’s junior year due to NESCAC rules, the Norwood,Massachusetts, native earned ECAC First-Team recognition as the Polar Bears’ leading scorer (44 points). As a senior, he captained the Polar Bears to the ECAC Title game, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, and earned American Hockey Coaches Association All-American honors after becoming Bowdoin’s first 50-point scorer.

Upon graduation, Donovan held five Bowdoin scoring records including career goals (50), assists (76), and points (126). Despite those records being surpassed once freshman eligibility was permitted, Donovan still ranks third all-time at Bowdoin with a 1.83 points per game average.

Donovan played professionally in Holland for two years, leading his Utrecht Hunters team in scoring both seasons. He co-founded the Kullen Golf Tournament in honor of his teammate and friend Bob Kullen. Dick lives with his wife, Laura Andrus, in Norwood, where they enjoy their three grandchildren.