With the conclusion of the New York Rangers season earlier this week, Kevin Hayes is now free to join Team USA in Europe for the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship. Hayes will join his former BC line-mate, Johnny Gaudreau, on Team USA, as well as fellow BC hockey alum Noah Hanifin. Mike Matheson is also playing in the tournament, but he is on Team Canada.
Team USA is currently in 3rd place in their group, behind Russia and Latvia. The US opened tournament play with a 2-1 loss to Germany, but has since gone 3-0, defeating Denmark, Sweden, and Italy. Team USA’s next game is on Saturday, when they will face Latvia in hopes of taking over the #2 spot in Group A.
Hayes had a career high 49 points during the regular season, as well as a career high 32 assists. He also tallied 3 assists over 12 playoff games for the Rangers. Hayes previously played for Team USA in 2013-14.
Congrats to Hayes on a terrific NHL season and on the honor of playing in the IIHF World Championship.