Kevin Hayes (ice hockey)
May 8, 1992|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
24th overall, 2010|
Kevin Patrick Hayes (born May 8, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets 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. Hayes played the first five seasons of his career with the New York Rangers before being acquired by the Jets.
Hayes played for Noble and Greenough 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 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.
New York Rangers
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, after which on August 20, he signed with the New York Rangers on an entry-level contract. As a result of his signing elsewhere, the Blackhawks received a second-round compensatory pick in the 2015 draft.
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  Hayes improved in 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 J. T. Miller. On July 31, 2018, as a restricted free agent, Hayes re-signed with the Rangers on a one-year contract.
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 dealt at the trade deadline by the Rangers to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, Brendan Lemieux and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2022 on February 25, 2019. On March 1, 2019 Hayes scored his first goal as a Winnipeg Jet- an empty-netter- in a 5-3 win over the visiting Nashville Predators. Hayes also got 2 assists in the game and was named the 3rd star of the game after the win.
|Representing United States|
|2014 IIHF World Championship|
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, and Casey Fitzgerald, who is currently playing hockey with Boston College's Eagles.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East First Team||2013–14|
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2013–14|
- "2010 NHL Entry Draft". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
- "Kevin Hayes – 2013–14 Men's Hockey Roster – Boston College". www.bceagles.com.
- Leahy, S. (August 20, 2014). "Rangers land highly sought after free agent Kevin Hayes". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
- 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.
- "Kevin Hayes Signs Two-Year Deal". blueshirtbanter.com. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
- "Rangers Agree to Terms With Kevin Hayes". NHL.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
- "Jets acquire Kevin Hayes from New York Rangers". Winnipeg Jets. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Bauming, Darren (March 1, 2019). "Kevin Hayes scores first goal with Winnipeg Jets in victory over Nashville Predators". globalnews.ca. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- @NHLJets (March 1, 2019). "TONIGHT'S THREE STARS: @LBrossoit@BiggieFunke @KevinPHayes12 #GoJetsGo #NSHvsWPG" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Team USA roster for 2014 Worlds". USA Hockey. 2014-04-15. Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
- "Hayes, Kevin". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- "CASEY FITZGERALD". eliteprospects.com. Elite Prospects. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick