It has been a tough few months for the hockey world, as again today it mourns the loss of a family member. Jimmy Hayes, who last played in the NHL during the 2017-18 season, has died at the age of 31 according to John Buccigross of ESPN. Matt Porter and John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe report that Hayes was pronounced dead at his Milton home this morning, but a cause of death was not immediately available.
Hayes, the older brother of Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes and member of a far-reaching New England hockey family, was originally selected 60th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008. He played 334 games at the NHL level, recording a career-high of 19 goals and 35 points during the 2014-15 season with the Florida Panthers. He last played during the 2018-19 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL, racking up 30 points in 72 games.
A member of Team USA on several occasions, an NCAA champion with Boston College, and a beloved teammate to many, Hayes will be dearly missed. Everyone at PHR extends our condolences to his wife Kristen, two young sons, and the rest of the Hayes family.
Damn this hurts, god bless his family❤️
Wow that’s rough. Shocking. Terribly sad for his family. Stay strong, Hayes family.
I am so sorry to see this news for the Hayes family. My heartfelt condolences to Jimmy’s family, Kevin and his family and to his fans. Rest in peace, Jimmy.
31, just awful.
Horrible, way too young. Bless his family, so they can be at peace sometime soon.
Man this is a tough one, 2 young children and a wife, hoping they find some peace through this tremendously difficult time…31 is far too young
Far too young to pass away. The hockey world has been getting hit hard these past two weeks.
Matiss Kivilenis, coby Cave … now him… that’s too much
just after hockey continuing as a source last year on the rumor front, watched him play every night on tv for Chicago, this hurts