Zach Hyman: Successful NHL Player and Children's Book Author

Updated on April 14, 2020
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Here's Zach Hyman with his children's book and an excited fan.
Here's Zach Hyman with his children's book and an excited fan.

Zach Hyman is a professional ice hockey player from Canada. He is a player for the National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hyman has won a number of awards during his career. He was named as the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the year in 2013. He was also named Athlete of the Year by the University of Michigan. During his rookie season in the NHL, he tied the Toronto Maple Leafs' record for the most consecutive games with an assist at six games.

Early Life

Zachary Martin Hyman was born in Toronto, Ontario, on June 9, 1992. Hyman spent his childhood in Forest Hills, Toronto. He is Jewish and attended the United Synagogue Day School. Hyman completed high school at the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. He graduated with honors. Hyman's father is Stuart Hyman who is the owner of the Markham Royals. They are a Junior A ice hockey team out of Markham, Ontario.

International Hockey

When Hyman was 17 years old, he was the Assistant Captain with a team representing Canada in Sweden at the U20 Three Nations tournament. Hyman was named the team's MVP when they played Finland, and he scored two goals. During the tournament, he played four games, scored three goals and had an assist. During the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, Hyman represented Canada East. He was named MVP for their game during Russia. During the five games of the tournament, he scored two goals and had three assists. Hyman also won a silver medal. In 2013, Hyman was the Assistant Captain with the team representing Canada in Israel in the Maccabiah Games. During two of the games, he scored three goals, had three assists and won a gold medal.

Zach Hyman playing at University of Michigan.
Zach Hyman playing at University of Michigan.


Hyman was offered a full athletic scholarship by the University of Michigan in 2011. He committed to play for the school starting in the 2011–12 season. During his freshman year of playing for the college hockey team, he played in 41 games. Hyman scored two goals and had seven assists during this time. He improved during his sophomore season. Hyman played in 38 games and scored seven goals and had ten assists. During his junior year, Hyman played in 35 games and scored seven goals and had ten assists. In 2014, he was awarded the 2014 Bates/Deskins Award. This is given to the top junior student-athlete at the University of Michigan. During his senior year, Hyman was the Big Ten Scoring Champion as well as the leading scorer for the University of Michigan. He became the University's first player to get 50 points in a single season as well as 20 goals in a single season.

After his senior season at the University of Michigan, Hyman was named to the AHCA First Team All-American as well as the All Big Ten First team. He was also chosen as the Most Valuable Player by the SB Nation College Hockey Big Ten Media. Hyman graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in history. He was also awarded the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award twice and the Big Ten All-Academic selection twice. His grade point average (GPA) was 3.7. The Athletic Department at the University of Michigan named Hyman Michigan Athlete of the year in 2015.

Zach Hyman during his days with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Zach Hyman during his days with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rookie Season

Hyman was obtained by the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 19, 2015. His first professional hockey game occurred on October 9, 2015. During this game, Hyman recorded his first professional point which was an assist. His first professional goal took place during a game in November 2015. A number of Toronto Maple Leaf team records were tied or broken by Hyman during the 2016–17 NHL season:

  • Short-Handed Goals scored by a rookie
  • Most consecutive games with an assist by a rookie
  • Most short-handed goals by a rookie in a single season

Zach Hyman after scoring goal.
Zach Hyman after scoring goal.

2017–18 NHL Season

During this season, Hyman played on the top line for the Maple Leafs. He scored an impressive number of goals, assists as well as points. In December 2017, Hyman scored the fifth shorthanded goal of his career with the Maple Leafs. This is the third-highest number of shorthanded goals by a player for the Maple Leafs in their initial three seasons playing in the NHL. He was a big part of the reason the Maple Leafs made it to the NHL playoffs that year.

This is a copy of the children's book written by Zach Hyman.
This is a copy of the children's book written by Zach Hyman.

Writing Career

Hyman is a best-selling author of children's books. He has a book contract to write for Penguin Random House. He is currently working on a book due to be released in 2020. Hyman has published three children's books:

  • The Bambino and Me: This is an award-winning children's book. The story takes place in New York during the 1920s. It talks about a child named George who is a Yankees fan. Babe Ruth is George's favorite player, and he carries Babe Ruth's baseball card everywhere he goes.
  • Hockey Hero: This book tells the story of a young boy is a shy hockey player. He struggles to eventually overcome playing in the shadow of his older brother. Eventually, the boy's dream becomes real.
  • The Magician's Secret: This has achieved the status of a best seller. It tells about the adventures of Charlie. A young boy who listens to the stories told to him from his grandfather. The stories have been saved in a Magic Story Chest. Charlie learns if he believes in his dreams, he can make them come true.

A Man of Great Versatility With a Tireless Work Ethic

Zach Hyman has impressed many people during his hockey career with his work ethic and versatility. He is valued in many situations for his ability to play any forward position. Hyman can be used in any type of game situation. He is considered to have a natural ability to score goals in the NHL. Many people are impressed with his discipline at always doing the little things at the highest level to succeed in the NHL. His children’s books are a labor of love for the successful NHL player.

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    • Readmikenow profile imageAUTHOR


      5 months ago

      Medi, thanks for your comment.

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      11 months ago

      Eric, thanks. I agree. Zach Hyman is a tough guy when necessary but there is a sensitive side that loves children.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well by golly this is what I love. Men who stretch into competition and also into love of children. I really try to strive here and thanks for this article.

    • Readmikenow profile imageAUTHOR


      14 months ago

      Pamela, thanks. I thought it was interesting how he is a very successful player in a very rough sport but still has it inside him to write successful children's books.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is such an interesting article about this man's successful life. I am not a hockey fan, but I did attend a couple of professtional games with the Cleveland Barons several years ago. They games are exciting, yet so rough! Writing children's books is so interesting as well. It sounds like his books may especially encourage young boys to work toward their goals.

    • Readmikenow profile imageAUTHOR


      16 months ago

      Liz, thanks. I agree, a big tough NHL player who writes books for children. It is on some level also inspiring.

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      Liz Westwood 

      16 months ago from UK

      He sounds like a very talented guy. I have not come across a sports star before, who is also a successful children's author.


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