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Ex NHL star Jimmy Hayes dies age 31 with cause of death not yet revealed

FORMER NHL star Jimmy Hayes has died suddenly at home aged just 31 – leaving his wife and two children devastated, cops say.

According to the Boston Globe, law enforcement and first responders went to Hayes’ home in Milton, Massachusetts, on Monday morning, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities says Hayes’ cause of death is still unknown and is being treated as unexplained.

His death was not ruled suspicious, reported the outlet.

The news of Hayes’ sudden death rocked the hockey world as fans and his former teams penned tributes to the player on social media.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the team Hayes played in during the 2018 – 2019 season tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former @WBSPenguins forward, Jimmy Hayes. The Penguins organization sends our thoughts and prayers to Jimmy’s family, friends, and former teammates during this extremely difficult time.”

Read our Jimmy Hayes live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • FORMER TEAM SENDS SYMPATHIES

  • ‘LIT UP EVERY ROOM’

  • ‘DEVASTATING NEWS’

  • WHEN WAS JIMMY HAYES IN THE NFL?

    Hayes made his NHL debut in 2011 with the Blackhawks.

    He made 109 points in 334 games over the span of seven seasons.

    The athlete then signed a one-year contract and played for the New Jersey Devils for the 2017 – 2018 season, making three goals and six assists in 33 games.

    Hayes then joined the Penguins for a season but was reassigned to their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

    In 2020 he began hosting a hockey podcast called Missin Curfew’ with former hockey players Shane O’Brien and Scottie Upshall.

  • CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PAY TRIBUTE TO JIMMY HAYES FOLLOWING UNEXPECTED DEATH

    Similarly, the Chicago Blackhawks released a statement on Hayes’ passing, writing: “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Jimmy Hayes.

    “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.”

  • HOW MANY CHILDREN DID KRISTEN AND JIMMY HAYES HAVE?

    His wife, Kristen Hayesshared sweet photos with their kids just a day before her husband died and wrote: “Let’s keep making more babies. So much fun celebrating these 3 boys over the weekend.

    “The cutest lil friendships (their dads all played hockey together at BC).”

    She concluded that she couldn’t “wait to watch them grow up together,” alongside a blue heart emoji. 

    The couple shared two young boys together — Beau, two, and Mac, three months, according to the Boston Globe.

    In addition to his wife and kids, the late athlete is survived by sisters Genevieve, Eileen, and Justine, and his younger brother, Kevin Hayes.

  • JIMMY HAYES ALSO CO-HOSTED THE ‘MISSIN CURFEW’ PODCAST

    Hayes co-hosted a podcast with fellow former NHL players Shane O’Brien and Scotties Upshall called “Missin Curfew” since August 2020.

    Their last live show was on August 5, the Globe reports.

    His younger brother Kevin currently plays for the Flyers.

    Hayes is also survived by sisters Genevieve, Eileen, and Justine.

  • EX-NHL PLAYER PASSES AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY AGED 31

    FORMER NHL player Jimmy Hayes died unexpectedly on Monday aged 31 leaving his wife and two sons heartbroken.

    The cause of death of the hockey star has not been revealed but it is not believed to be suspicious.

  • NO FURTHER DETAILS SURROUNDING HAYES’ DEATH HAVE BEEN RELEASED

    No other details surrounding the death have yet been disclosed.

    The NHL star was found dead at his home on Monday.

    Police have so far treated his death as not suspicious.

  • EAGLES’ HEAD COACH REFLECTS ON JIMMY HAYES’ DEATH

    Eagles head coach Jerry York reflected on what Hayes meant to his program.

    “Of all the kids I’ve coached, certainly in my top five as far as being enjoyable to coach, to hang in the locker room with,” he told The Boston Globe.

    “His off-ice contributions to our team, I marveled at so many different times.

    “Really good player. Won championships. Played in the National Hockey League. But as a young guy, just an enjoyable person.

    “A lot of it comes from his family. Unbelievable family. Great city kid, you know? Always had that city grind to him, that city tenacity.”

  • JIMMY HAYES ALSO LEAVES BEYOND FOUR SIBLINGS

    Jimmy Hayes also leaves four siblings behind.

    They are Genevieve, Eileen, Justine, and Kevin, plus parents Shelagh and Kevin Sr

  • WHEN WAS JIMMY HAYES IN THE NFL?

    Hayes made his NHL debut in 2011 with the Blackhawks.

    He made 109 points in 334 games over the span of seven seasons.

    The athlete then signed a one-year contract and played for the New Jersey Devils for the 2017 – 2018 season, making three goals and six assists in 33 games.

    Hayes then joined the Penguins for a season but was reassigned to their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

    In 2020 he began hosting a hockey podcast called Missin Curfew’ with former hockey players Shane O’Brien and Scottie Upshall.

  • NEW JERSEY DEVILS PAY TRIBUTE TO ‘INFECTIOUS’ JIMMY HAYES

    The New Jersey Devils have paid tribute to Hayes, calling him “infectious” and “easy going”.

    The team’s official account tweeted: “We are thinking of the Hayes family and friends during this difficult time.

    “His 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.”

  • NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CENTRE ALSO PAYS TRIBUTE TO DEAD NHL STAR JIMMY HAYES

    It seems Jimmy Hayes’ influence stretched beyond the realms of national league.

    New England Patriots centre David Andrews tweeted: “Heartbreaking news today.

    “Thinking of the Hayes family this morning. Jimmy was truly salt of the earth and always treated me like family.

    “Make sure to tell your family you love them.”

     

  • JIMMY HAYES’ AGENT HAS ‘BEEN IN A STATE OF SHOCK’

    Bob Murray, Jimmy’s agent, said: “I’ve been in a state of shock all day.

    “We are devastated by the loss of Jimmy. I can’t emphasize enough how great a kid he was.

    “He was the nicest young man I dealt with,” Murray said, describing him as “bubbly and friendly,” with an ever-present smile.

    “He was nice to everybody. A great friend. Just universally loved.”

  • AUSTIN CZARNIK SAYS HAYES ‘WAS ONE OF THE BEST TEAMMATES YOU COULD EVER ASK FOR’

    Austin Czarnik paid tribute to his former teammate Jimmy Hayes.

    He tweeted: “One of the best teammates you could Ask for. Truly a great person and friend.

    “Was a pleasure to get to know Jimmy and play with him.

    “Prayers to the Hayes family”

     

  • HAYES WAS FOUND DEAD AT HOME

    Law enforcement and first responders went to Hayes’s Milton home on Monday where he was pronounced dead, an official told the Boston Globe.

  • EX-NHL PLAYER PASSES AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY AGED 31

    FORMER NHL player Jimmy Hayes died unexpectedly on Monday aged 31 leaving his wife and two sons heartbroken.

    The cause of death of the hockey star has not been revealed but it is not believed to be suspicious.

  • BRUIN PRESIDENT CAM NEELY SAYS JIMMY ‘COULD LIGHT UP ANY ROOM’

    “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jimmy Hayes,” B’s president Cam Neely said.

    “Jimmy had an incredible personality that could light up any room. It was truly special to see Jimmy represent his hometown in a Bruins sweater.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kristen, Beau, Marc and the entire hockey community.”

  • BOSTON BRUINS SAYS TEAM IS ‘HEARTBROKEN’ OVER JIMMY HAYES’ DEATH

    The Bostin Bruins have paid tribute to the late NHL star.

    “I’m devastated to learn of the passing of my friend Jimmy Hayes,” Patrice Bergeron said in a statement.

    “It was a pleasure getting to know Jimmy, and he was such a joy to be around both on and off the ice.

    “I’ll always remember his big smile — he was so positive and full of life. I’m going to really miss that. We’ve lost a great person.

    “My family and I send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Kristen, their two young boys, his brother Kevin, and the rest of his family during this difficult time.”

  • WHAT NFL TEAMS DID JIMMY HAYES PLAY FOR DURING HIS CAREER?

    Hayes played 334 games in the NHL and had 54 goals and 55 assists.

    His teams were:

    • Chicago Blackhawks
    • Florida Panthers
    • Boston Bruins
    • New Jersey Devils
  • IN PICTURES: JIMMY HAYES ON THE ICE FOR THE BOSTON BRUINS

    Jimmy Hayes has died unexpectedly at the age of 31, cops have confirmed.

    Hayes won a hockey national championship at Boston College and went on to play seven seasons with four teams in the NHL.

    His cause of death has not been ruled as “suspicious”.

    Boston Bruins’ Jimmy Hayes looks on during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in PhiladelphiaCredit: AP

     

  • HAYES HAD BEEN CELEBRATING SON BEAU’S BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY

    Hayes – best known for his two years with the Boston Bruins – had been celebrating his son Beau’s birthday with his wife Kristen on Sunday.

    Kristen shared an Instagram post around midnight showing them playing arcade games.

  • KRISTEN HAYES SHARED SWEET PHOTOS WITH COUPLE’S KIDS DAY BEFORE JIMMY’S PASSING

    Kristen Hayes, shared sweet photos with their kids just a day before her husband died and wrote, “Let’s keep making more babies. So much fun celebrating these 3 boys over the weekend.”

    “The cutest lil friendships (their dads all played hockey together at BC),” she added.

    She concluded that she couldn’t “wait to watch them grow up together,” alongside a blue heart emoji. 



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