Former National Hockey League forward Jimmy Hayes has passed away at the age of 31. He was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at his Milton, MA. home on Monday morning.
Originally drafted 60th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Hayes went on to play seven seasons within the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils.
The older brother of former Winnipeg Jets forward and current member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Kevin Hayes most recently suited up for American Hockey League play with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during the 2018-19 season, where he had 15 goals and 30 points in 72 games.
Hayes played two seasons for his hometown Boston Bruins from 2015-17, enjoying success just down the road from his alma mater Boston College, to which he played from 2008-11. In 334 total NHL games, Hayes had 54 goals, 109 points and 149 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound winger leaves behind wife Kristen and children Beau and Mac. He was 31.