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.

At the post game press conference head coach of “Chicago Blackhawks” shared his thoughts on Hayden, “We saw him a lot in prospect camps, in development camps. He is a hardworking type of guy. One of those guys “across the wall, to the front of the net”. He got some physicality to his game, got some greasiness at the net. So I am looking forward to seeing how he handles it up here and seeing how he fits in. He gives us some size and some aggressiveness. He can play for us in the play offs, as opposed to those free agents we are signing at the end of the year. He is a candidate to play; we will see.


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