The hockey world suffered a tragic loss Monday with the passing of former NHLer and Dorchester, Mass. native Jimmy Hayes at just 31 years old.
Connected to Boston beyond his Dorchester ties, Hayes lived out the dream of every local kid with his college hockey at Boston College, and an NHL career that included a 133-game stop with his hometown Bruins.
And it didn’t come without an impact to those in the B’s locker room and front office.
“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.”
“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.”
“It is with great sadness that we are saying goodbye to Jimmy Hayes. Jimmy had a big heart and a gregarious personality which always created energy for family, teammates and friends. The hockey community lost a good man,” said Don Sweeney. “The Bruins’ family sends their thoughts and prayers to Kristen, Beau, Marc, and the entire Hayes family.”
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