Cambridge, Mass., might have a bison sighting soon.
Matt Coronato will enroll at Harvard University this fall as a first-round NHL draft pick. It has been a whirlwind year for the Long Island native who grew up in Huntington, N.Y., and just won a championship with the USHL’s Chicago Steel, his second league title. On July 23, the first major step to fulfilling his pro hockey dreams came true when the Calgary Flames made him the 13th overall selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Now, the player who earned the moniker of “the Bison” in junior hockey for how hard he went to the net and drove the play in all three zones will take the next step in his career. The wider college hockey fan base and NHL fans in Alberta will be exposed to those attributes that allowed him to score a league-leading 48 goals in 51 games with the Steel.