If your team had a record of 19-0-1 when you scored a goal, you would be pretty popular with your hometown fans, right?
Kevin Hayes knows all about that equation, namely because it happened to him this past season.
So it came as no surprise on Monday when the Flyers’ centerman was named recipient of the Gene Hart Memorial Award, an honor given to the player who demonstrates the most “Heart’’ as voted by members of the Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club.
“I’m humbled that the fan club chose me to receive this award, especially considering all of our success has come from an entire team effort and the willingness to give everything we have to win,” said Hayes.
“This being my first year, I felt right at home from day 1. I love this team, organization, fan base and city. It’s hard not to love playing at the Wells Fargo Center every night in front of the best fans in the league.”
Hayes registered 23 goals and a total of 41 points while appearing in all 69 games this season.
His 23 goals and five game-winning goals both rank second on the team, while his four shorthanded goals led the Flyers and finished tied for the overall NHL lead.
In addition to that aforementioned goal mark, the Flyers also posted a record of 24-3-3 mark when Hayes recorded a point. Hayes averaged 17:44 of ice time, which ranked third among all Flyers forwards, including 2:01 per-game on the team’s penalty kill, which ranked second among all Flyers forwards.
The Flyers Fan Club will make a $1,000 donation to a charity of Hayes’ choosing.