August 24, 1946|
Rouyn, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins|
Christopher Joseph Hayes (born August 24, 1946) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, most notable for the single game he played in the 1972 Stanley Cup semifinals for the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, his sole National Hockey League action.
He grew up in Chapeau, Quebec, a small village bordering on the Ottawa Valley. Hayes spent three years playing junior hockey for Oshawa 1965-68. He left hockey for two years, but returned in the 1970-71 season to play for Loyola College in Montreal. He then turned pro playing in four pro leagues for five different teams in a four-year span.
While playing for the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League in 1972, Hayes was called up due to injuries to play for the Boston Bruins. He played one game in the 1972 playoffs: Game #3 of Boston's semifinal series in St. Louis versus the Blues. Boston won 7-2. Hayes recorded no points and no penalty minutes, but he did serve a Boston bench penalty for too many men on the ice. Hayes never played in the NHL again. Although Hayes was entitled to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for having appeared in a playoff game, it was not. Hayes was not re-signed by the Boston organization after the end of the 1973-74 season, and played four games in the NAHL in 1975-76, his final professional action. In April 2018, Chris Hayes finally received his Stanley Cup ring after Boston's team president Cam Neely learned about Hayes' situation.
Regular season and playoffs
|1971–72||Oklahoma City Blazers||CHL||72||15||38||53||59||6||5||4||9||2|
|1973–74||Albuquerque Six Guns||CHL||71||20||28||48||118||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||Mohawk Valley Comets||NAHL||4||1||2||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Chris Hayes player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- Keene, Kerry (2003). Tales from the Boston Bruins. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 72. ISBN 1-58261-565-9.
- "46 Years Later, Stanley Cup Ring Arrives in the Mail".