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Kevin Patrick Hayes (born May 8, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hayes was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. After playing four seasons at Boston College, Hayes signed his first professional contract with the New York Rangers in 2014.[1] Before being traded to and signing with the Flyers, Hayes had previously played for the Rangers and the Winnipeg Jets.

Kevin Hayes
Born (1992-05-08) May 8, 1992 (age 27)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers
Winnipeg Jets
National team  United States
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2010
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2014–present

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

As a youth, Hayes played in the 2004 and 2005 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from South Shore.[2]

Hayes played for Noble and Greenough School before joining the Boston College in the NCAA's Hockey East conference between 2011 and 2014.[3] During his first three seasons in the NCAA, he produced small but effective numbers, recording 17 goals and 50 assists for 67 points over that time, and was a member of the 2012 National Championship team. However, he emerged as a star player in his final, senior year, where he played on a line with current Calgary Flames players Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau, the latter of which was the Hobey Baker Award winner in 2014. Hayes nearly doubled his point production from his first three seasons scoring 27 goals, and 38 assists for 65 points. He earned a top ten nomination for the Hobey Baker Award and earned a reputation as a large, two-way player with a prolific shot and power play effectiveness. Hayes was also named MVP of the 2014 Beanpot tournament.[citation needed]

ProfessionalEdit

New York RangersEdit

The rights that the Chicago Blackhawks held to Hayes (by virtue of drafting him) expired on August 15, 2014, without Hayes having signed with the team. On August 16, Hayes became an unrestricted free agent, after which on August 20, he signed with the New York Rangers on an entry-level contract.[4] As a result of his signing elsewhere, the Blackhawks received a second-round compensatory pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

On October 19, 2014, in a 4–0 Rangers win over the San Jose Sharks, Hayes scored his first career NHL goal.[5] He finished the season with 17 goals and 28 assists for 45 points.

Hayes regressed slightly during the 2015–16 season, recording only 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points. Despite this, the Rangers signed him to a two-year, $5.2 million contract extension [6] Hayes improved in the 2016–17 season, scoring 17 goals and 32 assists for 49 points. Throughout the season, he centered a highly-effective third line with Michael Grabner and J. T. Miller. On July 31, 2018, as a restricted free agent, Hayes re-signed with the Rangers to a one-year contract.[7]

Winnipeg JetsEdit

In the 2018–19 season, his fifth with the Rangers, Hayes increased his offensive output in contributing with 42 points in 51 games. While in his final year under contract before free agency and with New York out of playoff contention, Hayes was traded at the NHL trade deadline to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Brendan Lemieux and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on February 25, 2019.[8] On March 1, 2019 Hayes scored his first goal as a Jet (an empty-netter) in a 5–3 win over the visiting Nashville Predators.[9] Hayes also recorded two assists in the game and was named the game's third star.[10]

Philadelphia FlyersEdit

On June 3, 2019, Hayes' negotiating rights were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2019 Entry Draft.[11] On June 19, the Flyers signed Hayes to a seven-year, $49.98 million contract with an annual average of $7.14 million.[12]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   United States
2014 IIHF World Championship

Hayes, along with his older brother Jimmy and his former Eagles linemate Johnny Gaudreau, played for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Kevin Hayes grew up with older brother Jimmy Hayes in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Jimmy plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

Hayes, along with his brother Jimmy, are cousins with former NHL players Tom Fitzgerald and Keith Tkachuk, as well as both Tkachuk's sons Matthew (who plays in the NHL for the Calgary Flames) and Brady (who plays in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators) and Fitzgerald's sons and fellow Boston College Eagles Ryan Fitzgerald, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins,[14] and Casey Fitzgerald, who is currently playing hockey with Boston College's Eagles.[15] At the start of the 2019-2020 NHL season, Hayes was named an alternate captain of the Flyers.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Boston College HE 31 4 10 14 8
2011–12 Boston College HE 44 7 21 28 10
2012–13 Boston College HE 27 6 19 25 14
2013–14 Boston College HE 39 27 38 65 16
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 79 17 28 45 22 19 2 5 7 2
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 79 14 22 36 30 3 0 0 0 4
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 76 17 32 49 18 12 0 3 3 4
2017–18 New York Rangers NHL 76 25 19 44 18
2018–19 New York Rangers NHL 51 14 28 42 10
2018–19 Winnipeg Jets NHL 20 5 7 12 2 6 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 381 92 136 228 100 40 4 9 13 12

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2014 United States WC 6th 8 1 1 2 0
2017 United States WC 5th 3 2 2 4 4
Senior totals 11 3 3 6 4

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2010 NHL Entry Draft". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  3. ^ "Kevin Hayes – 2013–14 Men's Hockey Roster – Boston College". www.bceagles.com.
  4. ^ Leahy, S. (August 20, 2014). "Rangers land highly sought after free agent Kevin Hayes". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  5. ^ Leonard, P. (October 19, 2014). "Crushed Ice: Kevin Hayes plays big, scores first NHL goal in 4–0 NY Rangers win over San Jose Sharks at Garden". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  6. ^ "Kevin Hayes Signs Two-Year Deal". blueshirtbanter.com. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  7. ^ "Rangers Agree to Terms With Kevin Hayes". NHL.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jets acquire Kevin Hayes from New York Rangers". Winnipeg Jets. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Bauming, Darren (March 1, 2019). "Kevin Hayes scores first goal with Winnipeg Jets in victory over Nashville Predators". globalnews.ca. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. ^ @NHLJets (March 1, 2019). "TONIGHT'S THREE STARS: @LBrossoit@BiggieFunke @KevinPHayes12 #GoJetsGo #NSHvsWPG" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Flyers acquire forward Kevin Hayes from Winnipeg". Philadelphia Flyers. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  12. ^ "Flyers sign Kevin Hayes to seven-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Team USA roster for 2014 Worlds". USA Hockey. 2014-04-15. Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-16. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Hayes, Kevin". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  15. ^ "CASEY FITZGERALD". eliteprospects.com. Elite Prospects. Retrieved 11 December 2017.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dylan Olsen
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Mark McNeill