John Hayden named Yale men’s hockey captain

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – John Hayden led the Yale men’s hockey team last season with 16 goals. He will lead the 2016-17 Bulldogs as their new captain.

Hayden, who earned the title from a team vote, brings leadership experience to his new role. He was one of the U.S. National Team Development Program captains before coming to New Haven, and he served as alternate captain for the 2015 U.S. National Team at the World Championships.

“It’s an incredible honor to be voted captain by my teammates, especially since Yale has the distinct tradition of having only one per team,” said Hayden, a third-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 draft. “But I would be remiss in not mentioning the leadership of the rest of the team.”

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward has played in 94 college games and has notched 29 goals with 57 points. Twenty-three of those points – and a team-high five game-winning tallies – came last winter for the honorable mention All-Ivy selection who helped the Blue win an Ivy League title and finish second in ECAC Hockey before heading to a second straight national tournament.

“I think John will be an outstanding captain,” said Keith Allain ’80, Yale’s Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. “He understands the day to day grind, the work ethic, and the mental and physical toughness required to be successful at our level of hockey. He will set an example of the type of commitment necessary to achieve our goals.”

Hayden, a Greenwich, Conn., native, was a second-team All-Ivy League pick in 2014-15 after hitting the net seven times and recording 18 points.

“I’m looking forward to the responsibilities and challenges that come with being captain, and it’s comforting knowing that the rest of my senior classmates will be remarkable leaders in their own rights. Yale Hockey has exciting times ahead, and I’m confident that with hard work, we have the potential to develop this roster into a championship team,” said Hayden, who is an ambassador for The Big-E Foundation (, which honors a former teammate of his.

Before coming to Yale, the political science major was skating for Team USA in Ann Arbor, Mich., and getting international experience. Hayden earned game MVP honors at the U17 World Challenge and at U18 World Championship, while his U18 team won a silver medal at IIHF World Championships in Sochi, Russia. Prior to that he played at the Brunswick School in Connecticut.

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