GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have acquired the rights to Ryan Hayes from the Trenton Titans in exchange for the rights to Matt Schepke.

Hayes, 22, is entering his second season of professional hockey in 2011-12. As a rookie with the Trenton Devils last season Hayes posted 50 points (23G, 27A) in 63 games along with 47 penalty minutes. He was the top scoring rookie on the Devils, second overall on the team, and the sixth-highest scoring rookie in the ECHL. A 5-9, 180-pound forward, Hayes attended the New Jersey Devils prospects camp last summer after finishing his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

With Plymouth Hayes notched 102 points (52G, 50A) and 124 penalty minutes in 132 games. A native of Syracuse, NY, Hayes won the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year by being named the Home Hardward Humanitarian of the Year for the CHL following the 2009-10 season. He also played two seasons with the U.S. National Under-18 team in the North American Hockey League and recorded 54 points (26G, 28A) in 48 games.

Ryan Hayes Player Profile

Schepke posted 12 points (5G, 7A) in 15 games with the Road Warriors last season.

Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors open the season at the BI-LO Center on October 14 at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. Don’t miss a minute of action with the Road Warriors this season! 2011-12 season ticket packages and half-season ticket packages are on sale right now. Fans can call 864-674-PUCK (7825) to speak to a Road Warriors ticket representative. Season tickets start as low as $300 and can be reserved with a deposit of just $100.

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