Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes dead at 31, see 5 career moments

Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes is dead at 31 as multiple media outlets reported on Monday, 24 August 2021.

The NHL player was pronounced dead on Monday morning at his home in Milton, Mass, and the cause of his death wasn’t immediately available.

When Boston College, where he won an NCAA hockey championship at Boston College in 2010, learned of his passing, they took to social media to express their sympathy.

“Boston College Hockey is heartbroken over the passing of Jimmy Hayes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hayes family,” BC Hockey posted on Twitter.

The team’s statement reads: “The Boston Bruins are heartbroken by the passing of Dorchester native and former Bruin Jimmy Hayes.

“His warm personality made an immediate impact in the locker room and with our fans. We’re proud of the memories he made in Chicago, including his debut in 2011.”

He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.

New Jersey also issued a statement, writing: “His infectious personality and easygoing nature were contagious to all who spent time with him. He had a tremendous ability to make everyone feel welcome.”

The Devils also postponed their Ty (Smith) Games promotion for Monday, adding that they would pause their social media the rest of the day to pay their respects.

Hayes last played professionally with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League in 2018-19.

Highlights of Career Moments

Let’s celebrate the life and time of Jimmy Hayes by seeing some highlights of his scores.

1. He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

2. Hayes recorded 109 points (54 goals, 55 assists) in 334 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. 

3. Jimmy Hayes scores Hat trick against the Ottawa senators on December 29 2015.

4. Jimmy Hayes goal, assisted by Taylor Hall

5. Jimmy Hayes goal, assisted by Pavel Zacha and Steven Santini.

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