The hockey world today was again struck with tragic news, as the news of 31 year old American forward Jimmy Hayes, a former NHL and international player who recently became a new father, had unexpectedly passed away in his home state of Milton, Massachusetts, USA.
A standout at his hometown Boston College, Hayes was a second round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, debuting with Chicago in 2011, spending three seasons in the Blackhawks organization. Hayes would join Florida at the 2014 trade deadline, spending another season and a half before joining his hometown Boston Bruins in 2015. Spending just two seasons in Boston, Hayes would spend 2017-18 with the New Jersey Devils, before spending the 2018-19 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate. Over seven NHL seasons, Hayes would rack up 54 goals and 109 points in 334 career games.
Debuting for Team USA at the Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2006, Hayes would compete at the Under-18 World Championships in 2007, and debuted at the World Junior Championship in 2009. Hayes would suit up at one World Championship in 2014, and would end his international career with 9 points in 18 junior games, and one assist in eight senior games.
Our condolences go out to the Hayes family, as well as the extended hockey community in Massachusetts, on the shocking and upsetting death of this player, father, brother and friend, who was deeply respected and admired across the hockey world, whose life was tragically cut short.