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. READ MORE »