The 2017 WHL Bantam Draft was held in Calgary on Thursday May 4th. During the 8th round of the draft, Cade Hayes went 169th overall to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The 2002 year old hockey player born out of Eatonia played for the West Central Wheat Kings in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League, and had heads turning all season. Hayes finished 10th in league scoring with 26 goals, 35 assists to tally up 61 points in just 29 games.
Hayes led the Wheat Kings in points, and dominated during this year's season. The team finished in 6th place in the North Division and helped upset the 3rd place Saskatoon Generals in the first round of the playoffs. After being knocked out by the Saskatoon Maniacs, Hayes began training and skating for the off-season.
On Draft Day, Cade Hayes spent the day at school hoping to hear his name get called by any team, and luckily, it was called by a team not too far away from home. Hayes lives and resides in Eatonia and will be fortunate enough to stay in the province for his junior hockey years.
Hayes will spend his first season of midget with the Tisdale Trojans of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. The Trojans had a strong playoff run, and were able to make it to the Championship Final. Hayes will look to add to the offensive juggernaut, and suffice his name in the Midget Leagues.
Hayes believes the next obstacle for himself is to workout in the off-season with his personal trainer in Eatonia. Another key component is to continue to improve on skating tactics, as well as hand eye-coordination. He looks forward on to what the future has in store for him, and can't imagine being selected by a better organization.