Jimmy Hayes, a Boston-area native and former professional hockey player who spent time with several NHL teams over the last few years, passed yonder unexpectedly on Monday. He was 31 years old.
The rationalization of death was not immediately known or spoken publicly, but equal to the Boston Globe, which cited local authorities and first responders in the municipality of Milton, Massachusetts, foul play “was not suspected.”
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Hayes was pronounced sufferer at his home in the municipality of Milton. Over the weekend, his wife Kristen had shown off a family photo on Instagram triumphal the birthday of the couple’s 2-year-old son Beau. In the IG photo, which you can see (below), Kristen is incredibly happy well-nigh Beau’s birthday while moreover showing pictures of Jimmy with the boy:
Hours later, tragically, the statesman Hayes was dead.
So, so sad.
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The former hockey pro played a total of 334 games over seven NHL seasons during his sturdy career, spending time with the New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs out of Boston College, where he played hockey without growing up in the zone — and later raising his family there, too.
BC Hockey released their own statement of mourning well-nigh Hayes’ sudden death on Monday:
Boston College Hockey is heartbroken over the passing of Jimmy Hayes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the unshortened Hayes family. pic.twitter.com/2nL59U6Fgs
— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) August 23, 2021
The Blackhawks moreover released their own statement well-nigh Hayes’ passing, noting his fun-loving personality and likable spirit and writing (below):
“His warm personality made an firsthand impact in the locker room and with our fans. We’re proud of the memories he made in Chicago, including making his NHL debut in 2011. Sending our thoughts and prayers to his family.”
After Hayes’ playing days ended, he joined the popular hockey podcast Missin’ Curfew with fellow former pro hockey players Shane O’Brien and Scottie Upshall.
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The living two podcasters joined in sharing their condolences without Hayes’ passing on Monday afternoon:
“We lost our brother today. Goodbye Jimmy, we will love you forever.”
In wing to his wife Kristen and the same 2-year-old son Beau, the late hockey star is moreover survived by a 3-month-old son named Mac, his parents, and four siblings.
Younger brother Kevin, 29, is moreover an NHL player, currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Jimmy Hayes’ family, friends, and loved ones — and expressly his wife and two young sons. Such an awful, villainous situation…
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