Name Kevin Hayes
Education Boston College
National team United States
Salary 900,000 USD (2015)
|NHL team New York Rangers|
Height 1.96 m
Role Ice hockey player
Siblings Jimmy Hayes
|Born May 8, 1992 (age 23)
Boston, MA, USA (1992-05-08) |
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2010 Chicago Blackhawks
Current team New York Rangers (#13 / Right wing)
Similar People Jimmy Hayes, J T Miller, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast
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Kevin Patrick Hayes (born May 8, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for the New York Rangers 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, but signed his first professional contract with the Rangers in 2014. His older brother Jimmy Hayes is an unrestricted free agent who last played for the Boston Bruins.
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- Early life
- International play
- Personal life
Kevin Hayes grew up with older brother, Jimmy Hayes, in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Hayes played for Nobles in high school before joining the Boston College in the NCAA's Hockey East conference between 2011 and 2014. 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 garnered 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.
The rights 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, whereupon he subsequently signed with the New York Rangers on an entry-level contract on August 20. As a result of his signing elsewhere, the Blackhawks received a second round compensatory pick in the 2015 draft.
On October 19, 2014, Hayes scored his first career NHL goal with the Rangers in a 4–0 win over the San Jose Sharks. He finished the season with 17 goals and 28 assists for 45 points.
Hayes regressed slightly during the 2015-16 season, putting up only 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points. Despite this, the Rangers signed him to a two-year, $5.2 million contract extension
Fresh off his new contract extension, Hayes redeemed himself during the 2016-17 season, scoring 17 goals and 32 assists for 49 points. Throughout the season, Hayes centered a highly-effective third line with Michael Grabner and JT Miller.
Hayes, along with his older brother Jimmy and his former Eagles linemate Johnny Gaudreau, played for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
Hayes, along with his brother Jimmy, are cousins with former NHL players Tom Fitzgerald and Keith Tkachuk, as well as Fitzgerald's sons and fellow Boston College Eagles Ryan Fitzgerald, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins, and Casey Fitzgerald, who is currently a freshman at BC.