Massachusetts native Jimmy Hayes, who played for four NHL teams over his seven-season career, has died at age 31. No details were provided about the cause of death.
He played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. His best season came for the Panthers in 2014-15 when he scored 19 goals.
His warm personality made an immediate impact in the locker room and with our fans,” the Blackhawks said in a statement. “We’re proud of the memories he made in Chicago.”
Paramedics were called to the Hayes home in the Boston suburbs, where he was pronounced dead. He is the brother of Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes.
The 6-foot-5 winger was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but never played for them. He helped Boston College win a national championship.
Jimmy Hayes’ hat trick vs OTT in December of 2015. What a game this was.
Max Talbot’s reaction to Jimmy’s 2nd and 3rd goals perfectly summarizes just how much Jimmy meant to his teammates. So sad.
Rest In Peace, Jimmy. pic.twitter.com/EspOH95rYb
— Bradley (@BradIey98) August 23, 2021
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