2008-09: Zach Hyman played for Hamilton Red Wings of the OJHL. In 49 games, Hyman scored 13 goals with 24 assists and 24 PIM. In 5 playoff games, Hyman scored 2 goals and added with 4 PIM as the Red Wings fell to Newmarket. Hyman was named Hamilton’s Rookie of the Year.
2009-10: In 49 games for the Hamilton Red Wings, Hyman scored 35 goals and added 40 assists and was +17 with 30 PIM. He scored six times on the power play and had three short-handed goals. In 11 playoff games, Hyman scored 7 goals and added 9 assists for 16 points. He committed to attending Princeton University in 2011.
2010-11: Hyman was the captain and leading scorer for the Hamilton Red Wings (OJHL) in his final season of junior hockey. In 43 games for the Red Wings he scored 42 goals with 60 assists during the regular season and then scored 3 goals with 5 assists in 7 playoff games. Hyman was named the Player of the Year in the CJHL. Originally committed to playing college hockey at Princeton in 2011-12, Hyman de-committed after former Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky left the school to start the Division I hockey program at Penn State. Hyman committed to playing at Michigan in 2011-12.
2011-12: Hyman skated in 41 games for the University of Michigan as a freshman. Playing in mostly a third and fourth line role, he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was minus-two with 12 penalty minutes. The Wolverines finished second in the CCHA and earned an NCAA tournament bid after reaching the CCHA championship against Western Michigan.
2012-13: Hyman skated in 38 games for Michigan in his sophomore season. Playing a third and fourth line role with the Wolverines, he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes. Michigan finished seventh in the CCHA, failing to win 20 games for the first time since head coach Red Berenson’s third season in 1986-87 but went 8-0-1 in nine late season games and nearly earned an NCAA tournament bid; falling to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA championship game.
Hyman has above-average speed and is a smooth and shifty skater. He has good lateral quickness and excellent stability on his skates. Hyman has also shown dramatic improvement in his defensive and physical play over his first two years with the Wolverines, and he now plays a disciplined, hard hitting game in his own zone. He has become a quality possession player who takes a lot of defensive zone starts and converts them into up-ice pressure.
Hyman’s junior year at Michigan could be a pivotal one for the young forward. He should begin to see more offensive opportunities this coming season, and if he can begin to convert them into points, Hyman could blossom into a dangerous, two-way scoring line winger with tremendous professional potential.