Hayden, Agostino Get Visit From Teammates
CHICAGO, IL – Yale seniors Dan O'Keefe and Frankie DiChiara took a school-related, spring-break trip to the windy city last weekend. The hockey teammates' saw Kenny Agostino '14 play for the AHL Chicago Wolves on Saturday before witnessing the home debut of John Hayden '17 for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks.
Agostino, who has 21 goals and leads the AHL with 75 points, and his Wolves lost a close game to Grand Rapids at All-State Arena. The former Bulldog forward is 16 points ahead of the second-highest scorer in the league with a few more weeks remaining in the regular season. He has also played some pre and regular-season games with the St. Louis Blues this year.
"I knew the Wolves weren't very far from downtown, so when we knew we were coming to see Hayds [Hayden] game on Sunday, I decided to check the Wolves schedule, and it was nice that it worked out," said DiChiara. "Kenny's having a hell of a season in the American League, and I wouldn't be surprised if we saw him with the Blues at the end of the season for the playoffs."
Hayden, who made his debut at Ottawa last Thursday, notched his first NHL goal on Saturday at Toronto after taking a pass from captain Jonathan Toews. The former Yale captain gathered the pass with his skate, kicked it to his Yale stick (he has been using his college sticks) and then one-timed it past Frederick Andersen in the second period of a 2-1 OT Chicago win.
"Once we found out Hayds [Hayden] was signing, we started to figure out which one of his first games we could get to," said DiChiara. "Seeing his first game at the United Center was amazing. Being able to live with John and getting to know him and the rest of the Hayden family over these last four years has been a blessing."
Hayden's classmates were in Chicago's building to see their captain's new team clinch a playoff berth with a 6-3 win over Colorado last night. They got a bonus when Hayden handed out two assists in the comeback victory.
"Flying out to see him was a no-brainer, and it was great to see him. It looked as if he fit right in. The pro style game is so much different then college. However, getting the opportunity to play with guys like Jonathan Toews appears to have helped the adjustment process," said DiChiara.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director