Last season, the Donati twins, Tyler and Justin, were on the same team in Austria. For 2014-15, the two will be separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Justin remains in Europe with Vita Hasten of Sweden’s Allsvenskan while Tyler joins an exciting cast of players with the Brampton Beast in the Central Hockey League. It’s pretty much a guarantee that both will provide great offense for their new clubs. The two combined scored 251 regular season goals in the OHL and contributed an astounding 569 points.
Donati played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Oshawa Generals, Toronto Majors and Belleville Bulls. The Generals took him in the sixth round of the 2002 OHL Priority Selection, 106th overall. Over his OHL career, Tyler scored an impressive 131 goals and assisted on 169 for 300 points over 252 regular season games.
Tyler’s best season in the OHL came in 2006-07 with Belleville. He scored 54 and assisted on 75 for 129 points over 66 regular season games. He placed third in the league for goals, fourth for assists and fourth in a strong race for the Eddie Powers Trophy. Donati was awarded the Leo Lalonde Trophy as the OHL’s top overage player for his efforts. Belleville lost in the Eastern Conference final that year to Justin Donati and the Sudbury Wolves. It was a six game series with four of the six games needing overtime. Donati contributed another 26 points over 15 playoff games.
Undrafted to the NHL, Tyler played his first pro hockey at the end of the 2005-06 season, appearing in four games in the UHL with the Motor City Mechanics. Since 2007-08, he has appeared in the AHL, ECHL, Switzerland’s NLB, Norway’s Get Ligaen and Austria’s EBEL. In 2009-10, Donati was the ECHL’s scoring champion and MVP. Over 67 games with the Elmira Jackals, he totalled 114 points on 38 goals and 76 assists.
This past season, Tyler played for HC Innsbruck in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL). He has just signed on for the 2014-15 season with the Brampton Beast of the CHL.
Justin played four years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2006-07, as well. He appeared with the Generals, Majors and Sudbury Wolves. Oshawa selected way down in the 15th round of the 2002 OHL Priority Selection, 285th overall. In 2005-06 with the Majors, Donati scored 46 and assisted on 63 for 109 points over 62 games. He placed tied for sixth in the OHL for goals and tied for sixth for points.
In his final Ontario Hockey League season, Justin was a deadline deal from the Majors to the Wolves. Over Sudbury’s Robertson Cup playoff run, he scored 14 and assisted for 14 for 28 points over 19 games. The Wolves reached the finals before falling to the Plymouth Whalers in six games. Over his OHL career, Justin scored 120 and assisted on 149 for 269 points in 213 regular season games.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Donati has played pro since 2007-08 in the ECHL, NLB, AHL, Get Ligaen and EBEL. In 2009-10, playing with his brother in Elmira, Justin scored 42 and assisted on 62 for 104 points over 65 games. He was awarded the John A. Daley Trophy as the ECHL’s rookie of the year and finished second in scoring behind Tyler.
The following year, still with the Jackals after Tyler had moved on, Justin led the ECHL with 94 points. As mentioned, this past year he was once again teamed up with his brother with HC Innsbruck in Austria. Justin has signed with Vita Hasten for the 2014-15 Allsvenskan season in Sweden.