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Blackhawks' Top Prospect John Hayden Makes Immediate Impact

Thomas Jurbala, Las Vegas

As the director of senior housing for The Calida Group in Las Vegas, Thomas Jurbala manages all aspects of the company's assisted-living real estate portfolio, including ground-up developments and acquisitions. An avid hockey fan, Thomas Jurbala plays the sport recreationally four times a week. His favorite professional team is the Chicago Blackhawks.

Looking to increase its forward depth, the Blackhawks signed prospect John Hayden in March, following the end of his collegiate season with the Yale Bulldogs. Hayden, a third round pick by Chicago in the 2013 NHL Draft, played four seasons with Yale and improved each year, going from a 16-point season as a freshman to recording 34 points as a senior in 2016-17. The Blackhawks attempted to sign him prior to this season, but the Connecticut native was determined to finish his four seasons of college eligibility.

Instead of being sent to the minors, Hayden joined Chicago for the final month of the season. He made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut on March 16 against the Ottawa Senators and was held pointless, but he scored his first career NHL goal the following game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The next night, Hayden played over 17 minutes and picked up his first two assists in a win over the Colorado Avalanche.

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