BC's Hayes to forgo senior season

Jimmy Hayes will forgo his senior season with the Boston College men's hockey team, the school announced Wednesday. The junior forward has agreed to a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks that begins with the 2011-12 NHL season.

“We wish Jimmy the best of luck as he begins his professional career with the Blackhawks,” BC coach Jerry York told BC media relations. “Jimmy represented himself very well during his three years at Boston College and he will be missed.”

Hayes ranked second on the team in goals this season with a career-high 21. He tallied 33 points while playing in all 39 of BC's games. He totaled 42 career goals and 39 career assists for 81 points in 117 career games for the Eagles.

Listed at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Hayes was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and later traded to Chicago in July 2010.

BC, the 2011 Hockey East regular-season and tournament champion, was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by Colorado College. The Eagles finished 30-8-1 (20-6-1 Hockey East).