2011-12: Hayden Hawkey skated for the Colorado Thunderbirds program — appearing in two games with the club’s U18 team and splitting the goaltending for the Rocky Mountain District championship U16 squad with future Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Danny Mumaugh. Hawkey allowed three goals in two games with the Thunderbirds U18 team, posting a .959 save percentage, and had a 1.02 goals against and .947 save percentage in twenty games for the U16 team.
2012-13:Hawkey and Nick Kossoff shared the goaltending duties for the Colorado Thunderbirds U18 team that reached the USA Hockey Nationals. In 26 regular season games he had a 1.94 goals against and .927 save percentage. Hawkey played three playoff games; posting a 2.50 goals against and .886 save percentage. He started two games in pool play at the U18 Nationals — facing eventual champion Neponset Valley and runner-up Shattuck-St. Mary’s — and was 0-2 with a 3.53 goals against and .878 save percentage. Hawkey was selected by Omaha in the ninth round (127th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.
2013-14: Hawkey was named the top goalie in the USHL following his rookie season with Omaha. Sharing the starting duties with returnee Cole Bruns, he appeared in 33 regular season games and was 22-6-3 with 3 shutouts; posting a 1.99 goals against and .926 save percentage. Omaha finished second in the Western Conference. Hawkey started all four playoff games in the first round series with Sioux City and was 1-3 with a 2.82 goals against and .894 save percentage. In March he committed to playing college hockey at Providence in 2015-16. Not among the 30 North American goalies in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Montreal in the sixth round (177th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Hawkey returned to the Omaha Lancers for a second season — pushing back the beginning of his college career one year. After getting off to a tough start he played some of his best hockey in November before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Hawkey started the year 1-5-3 before recording 29 saves in a 3-0 shutout of Sioux City and winning four of his next six starts. He finished the year 5-7-3 and had a 2.99 goals against and .896 save percentage. The Lancers finished third in the Western Conference, falling in the first round of the Clark Cup playoffs.
2015-16: Hawkey appeared in five games as a backup to junior Nick Ellis in his freshman season with defending national champion Providence College. He was 2-0-0 with one shutout and had a 1.67 goals against and .940 save percentage. The Friars finished second to Boston College in Hockey East, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after a triple overtime loss to Massachusetts-Lowell, 2-1, in the Hockey East semifinals. The Friars lost to Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals a week later, falling 2-1 in double overtime.
Hawkey is fundamentally sound position-wise and shows explosive tenacity when challenging shooters, by coming out of his crease. His lateral movement is good and his work ethic is matched by very few at his level. His rebound control needs some help. He struggles to track pucks in areas when traffic gathers in front of him. He is always working on bettering his game, and his character was evident through a shortened season due to injury. His potential is as a fringe-starting goaltender at the NHL level, but he might be more suitable as a back-up.
Hawkey saw limited ice time with Providence College as a backup to junior Nick Ellis (Edmonton) in his freshman season in 2015-16. With Ellis leaving college a year early to sign with the Oilers, all eyes are now on Hawkey who is the top candidate to take over as the Friars' starter. Hawkey has all the makings of a legitimate NHL goaltending prospect and will have the opportunity to put things together during his college career.