Former NHL forward Jimmy Hayes has died, according to multiple reports. He was 31 years old.
According to Matt Porter and John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe, Hayes was pronounced dead at his home in Milton, but his death is “not considered suspicious.”
Hayes played seven seasons in the NHL, two of which were with the Boston Bruins. Originally acquired from the Florida Panthers in a deal for winger Reilly Smith, Hayes scored 15 goals and 34 points in 133 games in Boston. Hayes last played in the NHL in 2018 with the New Jersey Devils.
As a native of Dorchester in Boston, Mass., Hayes also played three seasons at Boston College, scoring 42 goals and 81 points in 117 games. He helped lead the Eagles to the Frozen Four championship and Hockey East championship in the 2009-10 season.
Hayes was drafted 60th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Draft. Two years later, the Leafs traded him to the Blackhawks for the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 draft. He made his NHL debut for the Blackhawks on Dec. 30, 2011.
Hayes’ younger brother, Kevin Hayes, currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers.