This time last year, Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes faced an uncertain future, after sustaining a serious injury that cut short his junior season. But after a stellar 2013-14 regular season with Boston College, during which he put up career-high offensive numbers while playing on the most prolific line in the country, Hayes is eyeing the ultimate prize: a second NCAA title to cap off his collegiate career.
51: Total points through March 13, a career high for Hayes. His 22 goals this season are more than his totals from his first three campaigns combined (17). Only linemate Johnny Gaudreau (64) and St. Lawrence senior standout Greg Carey (54) have totaled more this year; Hayes and Carey share second in the nation behind Gaudreau with 1.50 points per game.
16: Multi-point games for Hayes this year, second on the team behind Gaudreau (18).
5: Points scored by Hayes on Jan. 18 at Maine, including his first collegiate hat trick, to establish a single-game career high.
27: Points compiled by Hayes (13G, 14A) over a career-long 12-game point streak from Dec. 6-Jan. 25, including his breakout game against Maine.
95: Points accumulated by Hayes, Gaudreau and senior Bill Arnold in 20 games since that line was assembled on Dec. 6. Hayes has 30 points (14G, 16A) over that span.
2: Goals scored by Hayes over two contests in the 2014 Beanpot Tournament. He tallied the winning goal on Feb. 3 in a 3-1 win vs. Boston University, then opened the scoring in the championship game on Feb. 10, a 4-1 victory over Northwestern. Hayes was named Beanpot MVP as BC wrapped up its 19th overall—and fifth consecutive—title.
10: Titles won by Hayes in his fours seasons at BC, including a four-trophy haul in his sophomore campaign of 2011-12 (Beanpot, Hockey East regular-season title, HE Tournament title, NCAA title). Hayes and the Eagles—who will battle Notre Dame in the second round of the conference tournament this weekend—hope to make it another sweep, as they are one of the favorites to make the Frozen Four.
19: Consecutive games without a loss (17-0-2) for the Eagles, from Dec. 6-Feb. 22. The team put together a 19-game win streak in Hayes’ sophomore campaign that culminated in his first NCAA title.
12: Hayes has worn the No. 12 jersey since his freshman campaign. The last player to wear the number? Chicago’s Ben Smith, who graduated from BC in 2010 and donned the sweater all four years.
7: Games in 2013-14 in which Hayes did not register a point. The Eagles were 2-4-1 in those games.
0: Games missed by Hayes this year, an encouraging sign given the severity of the injury he sustained last spring. Hayes required four surgeries on his leg and over four months of rehab, but hasn’t been slowed down yet this season.