C.J. Hayes Commits to Comeback with Columbus
Columbus, GA - The last time C.J. Hayes played professional hockey he was hoisting the Commissioner's Cup with the Watertown Wolves in 2018. Now, Hayes is returning to the Federal League and he'll be doing so with the Columbus River Dragons this season.
Hayes was a key factor in the Watertown Wolves' 2018 championship season (his first year as a pro) piling up 27 points in just 16 regular season games. The Florida native spent time in his first year as a pro split between Watertown and Mississippi (now-defunct) of the SPHL.
"I couldn't be more excited to come to Columbus" Hayes said. "I've heard nothing but great things about the city and the passionate fans. I can't wait to get started and help this team win a championship!"
After Hayes and the Wolves won their championship in 2018, he took the 2018-19 season away from hockey rehabilitating injuries. Now he's back at 100% and ready for another full season of action.
"I've heard great things about [Hayes}" player/assistant coach Jay Croop said. "Adding another championship caliber player to our roster is important and continues to add to what we are building here."
Prior to turning pro, Hayes played his college and junior hockey in the Midwest, first with the Chicago Mission in Tier 1 Elites, then moving to the USHL with the Fargo Force. He then committed to Lake Superior State University where he played for three seasons before turning pro in the SPHL.
Hayes joins a strong group of players who are getting ready for Columbus' inaugural season that will being on the road in Delaware on October 25.
HOCKEY RETURNS to the Columbus Civic Center on Friday, November 1st at 7:35 p.m. when your River Dragons take on the Elmira Enforcers to open the home portion of their inaugural FPHL schedule. The River Dragons have also scheduled two neutral site games in Athens, GA this summer. Visit www.rdragons.com for season ticket information and everything you need to know about the Columbus River Dragons.