Former NHL and Boston College star Jimmy Hayes dies at age of 31

Jimmy Hayes, who won a national hockey championship at Boston College and played seven seasons in the NHL, has died. He was 31.

Medics were called to Hayes’s home in the Boston suburbs on Monday, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. No other details surrounding the death were disclosed.

Hayes, a 6ft 5in right-wing, was drafted in the second round (60th overall) in 2008 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two years later, he helped Boston College to their second straight national title, totaling 13 goals and 22 assists in 42 games as a sophomore. He made his NHL debut in December 2011 after a trade to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“His warm personality made an immediate impact in the locker room and with our fans,” the Blackhawks said in a statement. “We’re proud of the memories he made in Chicago.”

Boston College also paid tribute to their former player. “Boston College Hockey is heartbroken over the passing of Jimmy Hayes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hayes family,” read a statement on Twitter.

Hayes played 334 games in the NHL and had 54 goals and 55 assists. He also played for the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron said Hayes was “a joy to be around both on and off the ice”.

Hayes last played professionally in 2019 and had been a co-host of a podcast called Missin Curfew.

Hayes was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by four siblings and his parents, Shelagh and Kevin Hayes Sr.