Hayward named Syracuse hockey team's MVP

Brattleboro resident Peter-Owen Hayward (17) looks for a Syracuse teammate to pass the puck to.

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BRATTLEBORO — In his freshman year with the Syracuse University men's ice hockey team, Brattleboro's Peter-Owen Hayward led the American College Hockey Association with 38 goals — including four game winners — and was second in the ACHA with 64 points after registering 26 assists.

He was the first Syracuse player ever selected to the ACHA Rookie All-Star Team, earned the MVP award from both Syracuse and the Northeast Hockey Collegiate League Association, and was a NHCLA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient after earning a 3.60 Grade Point Average and Dean's List honors in both The Whitman School of Management and the Newhouse School of Communications.

Hayward has been selected as an Assistant Captain of the Syracuse University Orange Hockey team for the 2017-2018 season, meaning he will be a part of an off the ice leadership, team management and recruitment process. Syracuse University finished the season 24-7-0, were champions of the NHCLA and earned an invite to the National Championships.

Hayward has won state championships in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including several State of Vermont and Greater Springfield (Massachusetts) League Championships as part of the Brattleboro Youth Hockey Association (BHA). He played for Northfield Mount Herman located in Gill, Mass. He was a leading scorer on the Springfield Rifles U-18 team that won the Massachusetts State Championship and made it to the National Tournament. And he played one year for the Boston Junior Bruins before entering Syracuse University.

The forward scored 30 goals and dished out 20 assists in three seasons with NMH, contributed seven points in his 13 games with the Rifles, and finished with five winners and 11 helpers as a Junior Bruin.