Some sad news to pass along this Monday morning, as multiple media reports have confirmed that former Chicago Blackhawks forward Jimmy Hayes was found dead at his home in Milton, Mass. on Monday morning.
According to The Boston Globe, Hayes death is “not considered suspicious.”
We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Jimmy Hayes.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) August 23, 2021
His warm personality made an immediate 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❤️ pic.twitter.com/gP8357luB9
Hayes was a second-round draft pick (60th overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Draft and was traded to the Blackhawks two years later. He made his NHL debut with Chicago on Dec. 30, 2011 in a 3-2 Blackhawks win over the Red Wings at the United Center. In Hayes’ second career NHL game, he scored his first goal.
His stint in Chicago was brief, though, as Hayes played 43 games across three seasons before being traded to the Florida Panthers on Nov. 14, 2013. He also played with the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils in his NHL career, totaling 334 regular season games with 54 goals and 55 assists. He also played in two Stanley Cup Playoff games, both with the Blackhawks during the 2012 postseason.
Hayes’ younger brother, Kevin, was a first-round pick (24th overall) of the Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL Draft but never signed with the team, opting for a free agent deal with the New York Rangers. He’s currently a center for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tributes to Jimmy Hayes have been pouring out across the internet since the news broke:
Anyone from the Boston area knows just how much the Hayes family means to the hockey scene around here, and Jimmy was pretty much unanimously beloved by everyone. May as well have been a god in Dorchester. Can't really put into words how devastating this is for the community— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 23, 2021
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