Blake Hayward has assembled a nice hockey resume in his two BCHL seasons with the Coquitlam Express and he’s shown enough to the college coaches watching him he’ll be a great addition when he heads to NCAA hockey.
Union College has inked Hayward to a commitment for the 2018-19 season. This after Hayward has handled all situations thrown at him by Express head coach Barry Wolff and for having been part of Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in 2015 and 2016, winning a gold medal the first year.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Vancouver native has accumulated 15 goals and 28 assists over two seasons in Coquitlam and will assume a greater role with the club next season, which is currently slated to be his last in the BCHL before heading off to college.
Union, whose team name is the Dutchmen, competes in the NCAA’s Div. I ECAC Hockey conference where their rivals are Quinnipiac, Harvard, Princeton, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, Cornell, Colgate and RPI.
The BCHL has supplied a great deal of talent to the Dutchmen over the years, including former captain Mat Bodie who led the squad to the 2014 NCAA title. Currently, the Union roster features BCHL grads Cole Maier, Brett Supinski, Brendan Taylor, Ryan Scarfo and Ryan Burton. Current BCHL players committed to Union are Will LeNeave, Darion Hanson and Michael Ryan.
Union is located in Schenectady, N.Y. with their closest geographical rival being RPI in nearby Troy, N.Y.