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Eagles hockey player Hayward signs pro contract


Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:02

Mike Hayward, captain of the Golden Eagles hockey team for the 2012-13 season, is going pro.

The Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League announced Friday that Hayward had been signed to a contract and made his debut the same night when Mississippi took on the Fayetteville FireAntz. The terms and conditions of the contract were not released.

"I signed with 11 games left in the season plus playoffs so I hope to be here until the end of the season," Hayward wrote in an email following his second game with Mississippi Saturday night. "That being said it is a business so nobody's position is permanent. I'm just trying to work hard, do my best and make the most of this great opportunity."

In his first two games with Mississippi, Hayward recorded five shots on goal and two penalty minutes.

Hayward played 99 games during his career with the Golden Eagles, scoring 14 goals and registering 41 assists. He was named to the SUNYAC All-Conference second team following his junior season. Golden Eagles Head Coach Brian Dickinson felt Hayward played well enough this season to get named to another All-Conference team.

"I thought that the way [Hayward] plays and the amount of minutes he plays along with his reputation would've got him another selection this year," Dickinson said after All-Conference teams were released Wednesday morning.

Hayward joins former teammate Ian Finnerty, who signed with the RiverKings as a free agent before their season began. Finnerty played at Brockport from 2008-12.

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