Checking in with Eriah Hayes!

Checking in with Eriah Hayes!

 
Throughout the off-season, SharksAHL.com will be checking in with Sharks players to see what they have been up to this summer!   Our next victim is rookie forward Eriah Hayes! Eriah played seven games with Worcester at the end of the season after wrapping up four terrific years at Minnesota State University – Mankato! The 6-foot-3 forward from LaCresent, Minnesota racked up four points (3-1-4) in his first seven professional games with the Sharks which included a Sharks season high of ten shots on goal on April 13 vs. Norfolk!
 
 
Hey Sharks fans!
 
Eriah Hayes checking in from Mankato, MN!
 
My first games as a pro were very exciting and also a little nerve wracking. I wasn’t sure what to expect right away, but after I got that first game under my belt I felt pretty comfortable out there. I remember my first game against Bridgeport I couldn’t wait to get my first shift out of the way and get into the game. We ended up winning that night which was icing on the cake.
 
My time in Worcester was a great experience, from day one the guys were nothing but great to me and helped me out with anything I needed. There were a few guys in the same position as me as far as coming to the team late in the season which also made it a lot easier because we all got along great.
 
After the season in Worcester, Riley Brace, Rylan Schwartz, Chris Crane and I went to a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. After the game we got to go down on the field and check everything out, it was a great night. Here is a picture of all of us in the Red Sox dugout that night.
 
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After the season most of the team was sent out to San Jose for a prospects camp. I really enjoyed everything we did out there because I learned a lot about what kinds of things the coaching staff expects from their players. This was my first time out in San Jose so it was great to meet the staff and also learn a lot about the systems they run.
 
I am spending my offseason training in Mankato, MN with my trainer Tommy Inkrott. I played my last four years of hockey there at Minnesota State University, and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. My training routine consists of lifts everyday along with some sprints a few times a week. I also get on the ice a few times a week and mix in a workout on the skating treadmill when I can. I like to golf a lot in my free time… I was in a tournament last weekend with some of my buddies from home and ended up winning the tournament which was a lot of fun.
 
Watching the Stanley Cup playoffs has been very entertaining, even though the Sharks are out of it, I still tune into every game I can. The finals between Chicago and Boston have been a great series.
 
I am really looking forward to next year and training camp starting in the fall. Playing my first few games in Worcester gave me a little taste of what to expect as a pro hockey player and I am very excited to keep improving my game with a great organization!
 
Enjoy your summer!
 
-Eriah
 
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