Dominic Toninato
Image: Bemidji State

Dominic Toninato

Hometown:

Duluth Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-03-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (126th overall), 2012

Weight:

165 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Dominic Toninato skated in 31 games for Duluth East HS in Minnesota as a sophomore. He scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was plus-11. Duluth East defeated Elk River to capture the Section 7AA championship. After falling to Hill-Murray in their first state tournament game, the Greyhounds defeated Lakeville North and Roseau to win the consolation title.

2010-11: Toninato was the third-leading scorer for Duluth East as a junior and competed for Team North in the Upper Midwest Elite Hockey League in the fall. In 29 games he scored 28 goals with 33 assists as the Greyhounds captured the Section 7AA title and reached the Minnesota AA championship game – falling to Eden Prairie. In 24 games with Team North he scored 11 goals with 8 assists and had 12 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Toninato made his USHL debut, skating in four games with the Fargo Force, and was the second-leading scorer for Duluth East in his senior season, finishing with 73 points in 31 games. He scored 1 goal and was minus-one with 2 penalty minutes in his brief tenure with the Force. Toninato scored 33 goals with 40 assists as Duluth East again won the Section 7AA championship and Minnesota AA consolation title.  In 24 games for Team North, including three playoff games, he scored 10 goals with 15 assists with 30 penalty minutes and his 25 points trailed only  Duluth East teammate Kyle Olson among Team North scorers. Ranked 149th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Toninato was the first of four Minnesota high school players chosen in the 2012 NHL Draft when he was selected by Toronto in the fifth round (126th overall).

2012-13: Toninato shared the scoring lead for USHL Fargo with Bemidji State recruit Brendan Harms in his first season with the Force. He scored 29 goals with 41 assists in 64 games and was +29 with 50 penalty minutes. Fargo finished second in the Western Conference and reached the Clark Cup finals against Eastern Conference champion Dubuque. Toninato scored 3 goals with 3 assists in 13 playoff games and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes. He attended USA Hockey’s U20 Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid in August.

2013-14: Toninato stepped right into the lineup for Minnesota-Duluth as a freshman — skating in 35 of 36 games for the Bulldogs. He scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was +1 with 51 penalty minutes, finishing the season on UM-D’s first line with wingers Alex Iafallo and Adam Krause. The Bulldogs tied Western Michigan for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and were swept by the Broncos in a best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series.

2014-15: Toninato led Minnesota-Duluth with 16 goals in his sophomore season and was the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer behind fellow Maple Leafs’ prospect Tony Cameranesi. He had 10 assists and was +12 with 58 penalty minutes in 34 games. UM-D finished fifth in the National College Hockey Conference, winning 20 games in the regular season. The Bulldogs received an at-large bid to the NCAA Northeast Regional after being swept by fourth-place Denver in the NCHC quarterfinals, defeating Minnesota before falling to Boston University, 3-2, in the regional final. 

2015-16: Toninato tied senior Austin Farley for the team lead with 15 goals in his junior season at Minnesota-Duluth. He has 6 assists and was +5 with 36 penalty minutes in 40 games. After struggling for much of the season, the Bulldogs won seven straight games down the stretch, defeating eventual national champion North Dakota, 4-2, in the NCHC semifinals before losing, 3-1, to St. Cloud State in the conference final. UM-D received an at-large berth in the NCAA Northeast Regional, defeating defending national champion Providence, 2-1 in overtime, before falling to Boston College, 3-2, in the region final.

Talent Analysis

Toninato is a forward who excels in all zones. He is a versatile player with leadership qualities and can score goals as well as set up his team mates. Toninato is effective on both the powerplay and penalty-kill. He made a smooth transition from junior to college hockey and should continue to refine all areas of his game through his college career.

Future

Toninato scored 15 goals for Minnesota-Duluth in 2015-16, sharing the team lead with senior Austin Farley. The Duluth native will return to the Bulldogs for his senior season in 2016-17. One of three Maple Leafs' prospects to skate for UM-D this past season, he projects as a two-way center with scoring instincts.

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