The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward John Hayden on a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.
Hayden, 23, was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (74th overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft. He registered 13 points (4G, 9A) in 47 games with the Blackhawks during the 2017-18 season. He was also credited with 118 hits, which ranked fourth on the team and ninth among league rookies. In 59 career NHL games, Hayden has tallied 17 points (5G, 12A) and recorded 162 hits.
Born in Chicago, Hayden helped lead the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs to the 2018 AHL Western Conference Finals, notching three points (3G) in 13 playoff games. He had 17 points (5G, 12A) in 24 regular-season games with the IceHogs.
Spanning four seasons (2013-17) at Yale University, Hayden accumulated 50 goals and 41 assists in 127 career games. During his senior year, he served as the Bulldogs' captain and was selected as a 2017 Hobey Baker candidate and finalist for the Walter Brown Award as New England's best American-born Division I college hockey player.
Internationally, Hayden represented his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship, registering a goal in five games. He also helped the United States to a Silver Medal at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, totaling two points (1G, 1A) in seven skates.