Thursday, October 11, 2012

Purple Hayes

Pat Christman/The Free Press
First of all, I love this photo by Pat Christman, which was taken during Minnesota State's media day on Oct. 4. It makes Mavericks senior Eriah Hayes look bigger than life but also shows that he's in the spotlight now.

Hayes is a co-captain (along with second-year C-wearer Tyler Elbrecht) this season, and the 6-foot-4 winger will be a key to MSU's success. There are a lot of good, young players on the team, with some proven sophomore scorers and a lot of excitement and potential in the rookie class. Hayes is charged with leading and, in some ways, nurturing that group, but he's also trying to find more consistency in his game in his final season of college hockey.

That consistency won't just make the Mavericks a better team this season but could also set Hayes up for the start of a career in the pro game after graduation.

Read my Free Press feature on Hayes here.

1 comment:

BIGhkyfan said...

We ALL want him to do well, but first he needs to make some changes to his play.

These are some of last years stats;

Penalties led team 29/83
+/- -13

To give a "C" to someone who has had "bad" penalty issues his college career leave me scratching my head.

It's hoped that he takes a daily dose of the Hastings mojo.