Jimmy Hayes, a former NHL player, died early Monday morning Aug. 23. He was 31 years old, and the cause of death has yet to be determined. Foul play is not suspected.
Hayes was pronounced dead at his home in Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, and is survived by his wife, Kristen, and two sons, according to ESPN’s John Buccigross.
The Instagram post on Sunday from his wife, Kristen, revealed that Hayes and his family celebrated the birthday of their two-year-old son, Beau, over the weekend, per New York Post.
The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Hayes as the 60th pick in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft. In his NHL career, the Massachusetts native scored 109 points (54 goals and 55 assists), including time with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, and New Jersey Devils. The Panthers in 2014-2015 was his greatest season, scoring 19 goals in 72 games.
As CBS reported, Hayes last played hockey for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the 2018-19 season.
The Devils said Hayes’ “infectious personality and easygoing nature were contagious to all who spent time with him. He had a tremendous ability to make everyone feel welcome. You will be missed, Jimmy.”
Kevin Hayes recently plays for the Flyers. The 29-year-old was a standout at Boston College before joining the Rangers for five seasons.
“Boston College Hockey is heartbroken over the passing of Jimmy Hayes,” Boston College officials said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hayes family.”
The NHL community also sent condolences to the Hayes family.