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USHL Alum Hayes Scores First NHL Goal

01/31/2014, 11:00am CST
By bwerger

San Jose Sharks rookie forward Eriah Hayes had a night to remember on Thursday as he scored his first NHL goal.

Suiting up for his 13th game with the Sharks, Hayes netted his goal just 36 seconds into the third period.  It would be the lone goal for San Jose as they lost to the Calgary Flames 4-1 and the first point in the young NHL career for the rookie.  Earning an assist on the play was another USHL alum, Tommy Wingels (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 2006-07)

Hayes spent the 2008-09 season in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks and totaled 45 points (27g, 18a) in 59 regular season games.  Five of his goals that season were game-winners, tying for first on the team.   He went on to a four-year college hockey career at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he put up 96 points (52g, 44a) in 153 games at the school.

After his collegiate career, he signed a free agent NHL contract with the San Jose Sharks in April 2011.  The 25-year-old was called up to the Sharks in early January after beginnning the season with their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.

USHL stats - Eriah Hayes 

Video - first NHL goal for Eriah Hayes

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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