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2014WC: Catching Up With Jimmy Hayes

FloridaPanthers.com caught up with the Panthers forward as he skates for Team USA at the World Championship.

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 4:15 PM ET / World Championship
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2014WC: Catching Up With Jimmy Hayes
FloridaPanthers.com caught up with the Panthers forward as he skates for Team USA at the World Championship.
Jimmy Hayes poses for a photo after winning Team USA's Best Player Of The Game award against Belarus (Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images).


FloridaPanthers.com caught up with Jimmy Hayes as the Panthers’ forward skates for Team USA at the World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Hayes picked up an assist in Team USA’s first game against Belarus on his way to earning Best Player of the Game honors and has helped the Americans to a 2-0-0-1 record in their first three games of the tournament.

(The experience has) been great so far. Belarus is a pretty unique country. It’s been really cool to be a part of this tournament and to get a chance to see the different types of cities of the world.

Pre-game meals are a little different (than what we’re used to in the NHL) but the staff here tries to get it as similar as possible for us but it’s a little different. It’s a lot of pasta, pretty basic stuff. As far as the pre-game routine goes, I’ve been doing the exact same thing for each game that I’ve been doing for every game in the NHL.

In our downtime we’ve been exploring a lot of the city of Minsk and are going to different restaurants at night. That has been the most memorable experience so far, that and seeing their lifestyle (over here).

(Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images)

Opening up the tournament against Belarus was great. The fans here are a little different than in North America. They’re always standing up and screaming and stuff so it was a really cool experience to be a part of that.

We have a lot of great guys on the team. There are a couple of guys that are really vocal and get us going but Tim Stapleton and Peter Mueller have been great guys in the locker room for us.

I’m rooming with my little brother, Kevin in a really nice hotel. The hotel is a lot better than I expected. Playing with Kevin is awesome. It’s one of the main reasons I wanted to come over here and play, to get a chance to play with him, so it’s been a really cool experience. We’ve always had that type of chemistry so it’s been nice to come over here and play at a high level on the same line and contribute.

There can be that brotherly competition. It’s always good to push one another and get the best out of one another. It’s like having a little competition."

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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