March 26, 2012

From NEHJ: Hangin' Out With ... Jimmy Hayes

By Jesse Connolly

What other sports did you play as a kid? 

“As a kid, my dad had me playing everything: baseball in the summer, football in the fall and I even played lacrosse sometimes.”

Who’s the hardest goalie to beat in the NHL?

“There are a lot of great goalies in the NHL, but I would have to say (Nashville Predators netminder) Pekka Rinne has been the toughest goalie to score on.”

Who’s the fastest player you’ve ever gone up against?

“I would have to say the fastest player I have gone up against is (Detroit’s) Pavel Datsyuk.”

Who’s the last player you’d want to lay a big hit on you?

“(Blackhawks teammate) John Scott. His 6-foot-8 frame isn’t one I would want to meet with a body check.”

If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?

“I would go somewhere in Mexico. I have never been on a spring break so I’m a rookie at all these top vacation spots.”

If your luggage was lost, what would you miss the most?

“Definitely my iPad.”

Do you have any pets?

“No pets, but I do want a dog in the future.”

What was the worst course you had to take in school?

“Calculus is by far the worst course I have taken.”

If forced to do karaoke, what song would you pick?

“I’m a huge Nicki Minaj fan so maybe ‘Super Bass,’ but I would probably pick ‘Sweet Caroline’ so everyone could join in with me.”

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

“I would choose the Hulk.”


Movie: “Shooter”

TV show: “The Ellen Show”

Band/artist: Nicki Minaj and Drake

Book: “The Great Gatsby”

Magazine: Men’s Journal

Road city: “I haven’t played many road games so far, but I loved playing in Philadelphia.”

NHL player growing up: Keith Tkachuk and Tom Fitzgerald

Restaurant: Carmines in Chicago

Hobby/activity: “Playing Xbox and hanging with my friends”

Store: Hugo Boss

Sports jersey (other than your own): Boston Red Sox


Pizza or Chinese food: Pizza

“The Office” or “Mad Men”: “The Office”

Pepsi or Coke: Coke

“Star Wars” or “Star Trek”: “Star Wars”

Letterman, Leno or Conan: Letterman

Day games or night games: Night games


Skates: Bauer

Gloves: Reebok

Stick: Reebok

Helmet: CCM

This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

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