The hockey world was hit hard today by the news of Jimmy Hayes’ death at 31 years old.
For the New England region, and especially Dorchester, Mass., the news of his untimely passing devastated the area, as everyone struggles to make sense of it all. The former NHL forward, who spent two seasons with the Boston Bruins from 2015-17, leaves behind his wife, Kristen, two young sons Beau and Mac, and countless family, friends and fans who loved him.
Hayes, who first learned to skate in Charlestown and was raised in Dorchester, was a star prep hockey player at Nobles before leaving the Bay State for Michigan and the U.S. National Team Program at age 15. There, the natural power forward spent two seasons and also played for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL before returning home to play for Boston College. In the meantime, the Toronto Maple Leafs chose Hayes in the second round, 60th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Boston Bruins are heartbroken by the passing of Dorchester native and former Bruin Jimmy Hayes. Our thoughts are with his wife Kristen, his sons Beau and Mac, and the entire Hayes family during this very difficult time. pic.twitter.com/j9W7CyxSGs