Chicago Blackhawks: Boston College

Q&A with Hawks prospect Kevin Hayes

January, 3, 2014
Jan 3
2:28
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Boston College senior forward Kevin Hayes has had an eventful college career since being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as their first-round pick in 2010.

Hayes recently took to the time to talk about his college career, nearly having his leg amputated, having his brother Jimmy Hayes traded from the Blackhawks, playing in another outdoor game at Fenway Park and much more.

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AP Photo/Mike CarlsonKevin Hayes and Boston College will play Notre Dame at Fenway Park on Jan. 4
Boston College is playing Notre Dame at Fenway Park on Jan. 4. You also played there as a sophomore. What’s it like to be able to play in two outdoor games?

Kevin Hayes: It’s amazing. I grew up going to Fenway Park, going to 20-30 games a year. To be able to play there again, it’s a dream come true. I know a bunch of family, buddies are going to be there. It’s going to be a great atmosphere.

Does playing against Notre Dame make it more unique?

KH: We’ve established a rivalry. We have a rivalry with BU (Boston University.) I think as of late we’ve created one with Notre Dame. Our football teams are so big with each other. Them coming to play here should be an unbelievable night. The past couple years we’ve had some close games. They got some great players. I know they have two Chicago drafts picks with Stephen Johns and Vinnie Hinostroza. It should be fun playing those guys.

Have you gotten to know Johns from attending Blackhawks’ prospect camp together over the years?

KH: We grew up playing with each other. Played on a couple national teams with him. We’ve become real close since the draft. I’ve been texting him about the game. Hopefully, it’s a good game, and we both play well.

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