The hockey world is at a loss for words right now. There have been a plethora of recent events that have the community grieving. One of these stories is the tragic passing of former NHL player Jimmy Hayes. Hayes seemed like was a fan favorite everywhere he played. His infectious smile and positive attitude made him an instant favorite in the locker room and the community, but those days are tragically over. Hayes was found dead in his home in Milton this morning. The cause of death is still unknown, but it is still devastating. Hayes was just 31 years of age.
The NHL family mourns the passing of Jimmy Hayes, who appeared in over 300 games with the Blackhawks, Panthers, Devils and his hometown Bruins. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. pic.twitter.com/j48KHqcNgP
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 23, 2021
Jimmy Hayes lived out the life of any young hockey player from Dorchester. It all started with his choice of college to continue his hockey career. His choice was to attend Boston College to become an Eagle. It was there that he played three years and managed to tally 42 goals and 39 assists in just 117 games played.
That wasn’t all Jimmy Hayes accomplished while attending Boston College. Hayes helped BC capture its second straight National Championship back in 2010. This was his sophomore year at the university. He managed to tally 13 goals and 22 assists in 42 games that season.
Boston College Hockey is heartbroken over the passing of Jimmy Hayes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hayes family. pic.twitter.com/2nL59U6Fgs
— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) August 23, 2021
Jimmy Hayes was a second-round pick (60th overall) back in the 2008 NHL-Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hayes may have been drafted by Toronto, but he never played a single game for the franchise. His NHL debut came in 2011 after he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, but his time in Chicago was short-lived.
In 334 NHL games, Hayes managed to put up 54 goals and 55 assists. His career stemmed from playing for four NHL teams. These teams include the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. His last NHL game came in 2019 as a member of the Devils.
Hayes got to live out the dream of any kid growing up in Massachusetts. When you have the chance to play for the team you grew up cheering for, that is pretty special. “The Pride of Dorchester” is what the fans called him in Boston and he was an instant favorite upon his arrival in 2015. No matter where he played in the NHL, he always gained support from his teammates and made everyone around him feel great. His NHL career only lasted seven seasons but his infectious attitude is certainly a big part of how memorable he is around the NHL.
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
Jimmy Hayes is lived on through a huge family in his honor. His younger brother, Kevin Hayes, is a star forward on the Philadelphia Flyers. Hayes also has three other siblings in his family. He also is lived on through his wife, Kristen, and his two kids, Beau and Mac. Jimmy Hayes may be gone, but he will certainly not be forgotten. He touched so many lives in his short life and that is something to be proud of. We at Tarps Off Sports wish nothing but the best for the Hayes family and to anyone that was close to Jimmy and his family. RIP to “Broadway Jimmy”.
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