Hayes channels experience in new role with Illinois
Freshman Zach Hayes fitting in with the Illini
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 / 8:32am
Credit: Carson Gourdie - DailyIllini
Original Link: https://dailyillini.com/sports/2019/12/10/hayes-channels-experience-in-new-role-with-illinois/

Starting college is a huge step in anyone’s life. It’s the first time you’ve moved away from home, with no parents in sight. It’s the chance to be independent and make your own decisions. It’s the next big step after high school graduation. But for Illini hockey’s freshman forward Zach Hayes, his path to college is a bit different: It feels like a homecoming.

Sporting a five o’clock shadow and a chain, Hayes doesn’t look like the typical freshman. At age 21, Hayes has seen the world more than most, making future study abroad students envious.

“I played two years in the Candian League and Ontario League,” Hayes said. “Living in the French area was so different. It was cold.”

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