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)|
|NHL team||New York Rangers|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 2010
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 plays for the New Jersey Devils.
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.
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.
|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 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||—||—||—||—||—|
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.
- "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".
- "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