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Breaking News: Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes has died at the age of 31

At the moment all we know is what is being reported via twitter:


Hayes was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft, but was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He played in 43 games in his two-plus seasons in Chicago before he was dealt to the Florida Panthers in 2013.

The winger was traded to his hometown Bruins in 2015 in exchange for Reilly Smith, and signed a three-year extension a few days after he was acquired by Boston.

After scoring 13 goals and dishing out 16 assists in his first season in Boston, Hayes struggled in his second year and turned in a career-worst two goals and three assists over 58 games. The Bruins bought the winger out of his final year of his contract following the 2017 season. Hayes played 33 games for the New Jersey Devils in 2017-18, and most recently played for the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2018-19.

No cause of death has been reported, but Hayes leaves behind a wife and two young boys, who are two years old and three months old.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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