2008-09: Kevin Hayes played for Nobles High School (MA). In 22 games, Hayes scored 28 goals and added 27 assists for 55 points. Plyaed for Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
2009-10: Suited up for Nobles High School. In 28 games for Nobles, Hayes netted 25 goals and added 42 assists for 67 points. Brother of Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, Jimmy Hayes.
2010-11: In his freshman season at Boston College, Kevin Hayes skated in 31 games and scored 4 goals, 10 assists for 14 points. A knee injury sustained in an early-November practice knocked the forward out of the Eagles lineup until late December and continued to limit his effectiveness for the following weeks. Hayes was relegated largely to the fourth line center role during the second half.
2011-12: Hayes skated in all 44 games for national champion Boston College in his sophomore season. Playing both wing and center for the Eagles, Hayes was frequently on a line with New York Rangers' prospect Chris Kreider. He finished the season with 3 goals and 7 assists and was plus-nine with 2 penalty minutes. Two of his three goals were game-winners. The Eagles won 19 straight games to finish the season – winning the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles and defeating Ferris State, 4-1, in the Frozen Four championship game.
The younger of the two Hayes brothers, Kevin has the potential to develop into a solid two-way forward at the pro level. Like his older brother Jimmy, Kevin has a decent frame at 6'2" but plays more of a finesse style. His offensive awareness and playmaking ability allow him to create chances and open up space for his teammates. His skating could use some improvement if he wants to take his game to another level.
Hayes will enter his junior season at Boston College looking to build on a sophomore campaign in which he emerged as the second line center for the Eagles. If he takes another step forward, the organization may begin to consider getting him into Rockford to begin developing against men.