Eagles’ Hayden Fast signs with MHL’s Capitals

Hayden Fast of the Sicamous Eagles has signed to play for the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Hockey League for the 2022-23 season.

In his lone KIJHL season with the Eagles, Fast had 11 goals and 32 points in 42 games. He added two points in four Teck Cup playoff games and the Niverville, Manitoba native said it’s great to be able to keep traveling, playing the game he loves – “keep the dream alive.”

Fast joins a Capitals program that competed for a chance to win the Centennial Cup national championship. They have won five league championships in their history. The 5-11, 165-pound forward said they had a great run and their program is going to help him develop into a great player.

“It looks like they have great staff. They have all the amenities there,” said Fast, 19. “I’m just really pumped to get out there and see what they got.”

Fast said he had a pretty good junior rookie season with the Eagles and was happy with his offensive production. He also earned the opportunity to be a leader on the team after the Eagles made some moves at the trade deadline. Fast came to the KIJHL because he had heard great things about the league and said the hockey was great.

When Head Coach Nick Deschenes took over the bench after Christmas, Fast said it really helped their team.

“Hayden was a workhorse this past season and was on the ice in all situations, always giving 110 per cent,” said Rob Sutherland, Eagles Director of Hockey Operations. “He has mad puck skill which includes great hands, beauty fakes, completes the hard passes and hits the holes to put up the goals. He may not be the biggest guy on the ice, but Hayden works the boards and he gives and takes the body to make the play, working his butt off every shift. Because of Hayden’s great vision this allows him to be tight defensively. To top it off Hayden is a good person and is well liked by his teammates, staff and the community. We will miss him and we are very excited for Hayden and the Summerside Western Capitals and we can’t wait to see what he can do with them next season.”

Fast thanked the Eagles organization and Sutherland, who he said was the backbone of their team.