Two guys that were drafted to the Ontario Hockey League in the late rounds (12th and 13th), yet have gone on to great pro careers. Jeff Hayes and Shane Owen will be together in Sweden’s Allsvenskan for 2017-18 with BIK Karlskoga. Hayes spent 2016-17 in Germany while Owen played all 52 regular season games for the Fife Flyers in the United Kingdom.
Jeff Hayes played five years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the Guelph Storm and Oshawa Generals. At the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, the Storm picked Hayes in the 12th round, 225th overall. He went on to play 250 regular season games in the league, scoring 43 and assisting on 55 for 98 points. In the playoffs, he went pointless in 18 games. Jeff was team captain with the Gens in 2009-10.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Hayes spent five years with the Carleton University Ravens. He was named a OUA Second Team All-Star in 2012-13. Jeff has played pro hockey since 2015-16, all in Europe.
In 2015-16, he played for MAC Budapest in the MOL Liga. Hayes led the league with 39 goals in 48 games and was third with 72 points. In 2016-17, he moved to Germany’s DEL2 to play for Lausitzer Fuchse. His 20 goals and 32 assists for 52 points in 41 games placed just outside the top ten in all three categories.
Shane Owen played three years between the pipes in the Ontario Hockey League from 2007-08 to 2009-10, all with the Erie Otters. He was drafted in the 13th round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 244th overall.
Owen left the Otters 12 games into 2009-10 and finished his junior career with the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL. In 2009-10, Shane appeared in five playoff games for the Wildcats as they captured the President’s Cup, taking out the Saint John Sea Dogs in the finals. He played one game for the team at the Memorial Cup tournament in Brandon, Manitoba with Moncton going winless in their three games.
Undrafted to the NHL, Shane has played pro hockey since 2010-11 in the ECHL, AHL, Quebec’s LNAH, the Central Hockey League and the U.K.’s Elite Ice Hockey League.
In 2016-17, he appeared in all 52 regular season games for the Fife Flyers, posting a 3.41 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Owen was named a Second Team All-Star goaltender. Fife finished sixth in the ten team EIHL and was swept in two games by the Belfast Giants in the quarter-finals. Shane played both of those games, as well.
Bofors IK Karlskoga dates back to 1943 and plays home games at the Nobelhallen in Karlskoga, Sweden, a 5,600 seat venue that opened in 1972. BIK was last promoted from Division 1 to the Allsvenskan for the 1999-00 season. Their only retired number is 16 belonging to Bengt-Ake Gustafsson. Gustafsson played 629 NHL games between 1979-80 and 1988-89, all with the Washington Capitals.
Karlskoga is a land-locked city of 30,000 that has evolved around the Bofors company since the late 1800’s. Bofors was originally in the metal works industry but is now focused on manufacturing for the military. The city is located 245 kilometres west of Stockholm.