Kevin Hayes (ice hockey)

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Kevin Hayes
Born (1992-05-08) May 8, 1992 (age 26)
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
Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2010
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2014–present

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.[1] Hayes played the first five seasons of his career with the New York Rangers before being acquired by the Jets.

Playing career[edit]


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]


New York Rangers[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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 [6] 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.[7]

Winnipeg Jets[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] Hayes also got 2 assists in the game and was named the 3rd star of the game after the win.[10]

International play[edit]

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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

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,[12] and Casey Fitzgerald, who is currently playing hockey with Boston College's Eagles.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    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


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 honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 2013–14
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2013–14


  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".
  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". 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  7. ^ "Rangers Agree to Terms With Kevin Hayes". 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.
  9. ^ Bauming, Darren (March 1, 2019). "Kevin Hayes scores first goal with Winnipeg Jets in victory over Nashville Predators". Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. ^ @NHLJets (March 1, 2019). "TONIGHT'S THREE STARS: @LBrossoit@BiggieFunke @KevinPHayes12 #GoJetsGo #NSHvsWPG" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Team USA roster for 2014 Worlds". USA Hockey. 2014-04-15. Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  12. ^ "Hayes, Kevin". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  13. ^ "CASEY FITZGERALD". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 11 December 2017.

External links[edit]

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