The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward John Hayden on a two-year contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.
Hayden, 22, recently completed his senior season at Yale University by posting career highs in goals (21), assists (13), and points (34) in 33 games. His 21 tallies paced the Bulldogs and shared eighth among all NCAA skaters. The Greenwich, Connecticut, native recorded four multi-goal games and ran a point streak that stretched across eight games from Nov. 5 to Dec. 9. He served as the team's captain and was selected as a 2017 Hobey Baker candidate and a finalist for the Walter Brown Award as New England's best American-born Division I college hockey player.
In four seasons at Yale, Hayden accumulated 50 goals and 41 assists in 127 career games. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (74th overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft.