• Hayes was a member of Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and in the fall of 2009 he played on the Cape Cod Whalers Under-18 Midget team helping lead them to a 23-7-4 record before suiting up for Nobles for the winter.
• His brother, Jimmy, was selected 60th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008. He is also the second cousin of former NHLers Tom Fitzgerald and Keith Tkachuk.
• Although just a junior at Nobles this year, Hayes will transfer to West Roxbury High, taking summer classes to accelerating his education in order to join his older brother at Boston College in the fall of 2010.
• He played with fellow draft prospects Charlie Coyle (No. 24 ranked) and Bill Arnold (No. 36 ranked) for three years (Bantam to Midget) on the South Shore Dynamos before attending Nobles.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk