The world of ice hockey was shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely death of Jimmy Hayes, a beloved player known for his dedication to the sport and his infectious personality.
As fans and the hockey community mourned the loss of this talented athlete, many wondered how this young player met his tragic end.
In this article, we explore the circumstances surrounding Jimmy Hayes' passing and the legacy he leaves behind.
Who Was Jimmy Hayes?
James Ryan Hayes, born November 21, 1989, was a professional ice hockey right winger from the United States. He was drafted in the second round, 60th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
He played in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. Kevin Hayes, his younger brother, is also a professional ice hockey player.
He played for various teams in the National Hockey League (NHL), including the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. Hayes also played college hockey at Boston College before turning pro.
Over seven seasons, he appeared in 334 NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. His greatest season came in 2014–15 when he had 19 goals and 16 assists in Florida. His younger brother is a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Hayes was a member of Boston College's national championship team in 2009–10, providing a goal and an assist in the national semifinal win over Miami and an assist in the final win against Wisconsin.
How Did Jimmy Hayes Die?
Hayes was found dead on August 23, 2021, at the age of 31, in his Milton, Massachusetts, home. A toxicology study later revealed that fentanyl and cocaine use were factors in his death. Hayes was married with two sons at the time of his death.
According to a representative for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the medical examiner said his death was caused by “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine.”
“Although we are shocked and heartbroken beyond words, I choose to remember my husband and the boys' father through the enormous love and joy that he brought us and so many others,” Kristen Hayes, the player's wife, said in a statement.
Jimmy Hayes's Wife- Kristen
Jimmy leaves behind his profession, admirers, friends, family, and wife, Kristen. Kristen and Jimmy allegedly met through mutual friends before dating and then marrying in 2018.
The couple has two children: a two-year-old son, Beau, and a three-month-old baby, Mac.
Kristen maintains an active social media presence under the handle @raising_hayes on Instagram. The NHL player's wife routinely uploads family photos, providing fans with insight.