There are plenty of players who head from Ontario to Alberta, often in search of more playing time or just an adventure in a different part of the country. But there aren’t that many players who are able to go from the relatively underdeveloped lacrosse centres of Alberta to the hotbed of lacrosse that is Ontario and take a step up at the same time. That’s exactly what Jake Hayes did, though. The lefty forward/transition player from Calgary came out of the Okotoks Raiders junior system then spent a year playing Senior B in the Rocky Mountain League.
That is hardly a springboard to Major Series Lacrosse. It’s the route the small but shifty Hayes had to follow if he wanted to realize his dream of playing at the highest level possible, and he made it happen. Hayes had a successful rookie season with the Brooklin Redmen, too, scoring 8 goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 15 games and proving he can be an effective off-ball, complementary player with a galaxy of stars around him. That’s good experience for what he’ll need to do if he can make his next dream come true: getting drafted to the National Lacrosse League. With the draft coming on Monday, he won’t have to wait long to find out whether his lacrosse journey from Calgary will culminate in a call from the NLL.
Weight: 170 lbs
From: Calgary, Alberta
Box experience: Okotoks Raiders / Sr. A Brooklin Redmen
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I would like to think my lacrosse IQ and trying to make the players around me successful will translate well to the NLL.
One word to describe your game? Versatile
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? Transitioning the ball up the floor and staying to play “O” every once in a while.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? I try to model my game after Josh Sanderson -Offensively, and Defensively: Bruce Codd.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Going to the Minto Cup 2 years in a row with the Okotoks Raiders. Being a senior captain at Robert Morris University.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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