The San Jose Sharks, in need of some bodies for Saturday night's game at Colorado, have called up former Maverick Eriah Hayes, giving him the chance to become the ninth Minnesota State alum to skate in an NHL game.
MSU coach Mike Hastings, who is in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his team, said he talked to Hayes earlier today after Hayes got the news.
There's no guarantee he'll play, of course, but according to one report, the Sharks are down a couple of players due to illness and injury. There also was some concern that the bad weather on the east coast may make it difficult to get to Denver from Worcester, Mass. However, Hayes' sister sent a tweet that said he departed between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Friday.
Hayes, who signed with the Sharks following last season, his fourth and final at MSU, has played in 29 games for the AHL's Worcester Sharks, scoring five goals and assisting on three others. He also has 25 penalty minutes and is minus-6.
The Sharks are beginning a three-game road trip: Saturday at Colorado, Sunday at Chicago and Tuesday at Nashville.