Death: Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes is dead

Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes has died. 31 years old. I just chatted with him last week at a golf course. He leaves behind wife Kristen & two young boys, 2 and 3 months. Also brother Kevin, three sisters and a Mom and Dad. Devastating news for family and Boston hockey community.

James Ryan Hayes (James Ryan Hayes, November 21, 1989 -) is a former American professional hockey right-wing winger. He recently played for the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) and signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.

His younger brother Kevin Hayes currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL. In 2005-06, Hayes was a member of the US U-17 National Team in the 2005 Four Nations Championship in Russia. Subsequently, he was selected into the 2006 U-17 Select Team of the United States and participated in the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. He was selected by the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets in the 2006 USHL Futures Draft.

In 2006-07, Hayes played for the United States National Ice Hockey Development Program (NTDP) under-18s team and was also a member of the United States team who won the silver medal at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championship in Finland. The 2007-08 season marked Hayes’ second season in the NTDP. In 18 games against the U18 team, he scored 7 points, and in 19 games against the US national team, he scored 10 points. In February 2008, Hayes traded his U.S. Hockey League (USHL) rights from the Ohio State Blue Jackets to the Lincoln Stars. Soon after, he was released from NTDP and joined the stars. He played 21 games with Lincoln, scoring 4 goals and 11 assists, and also participated in 9 playoff games in 8 games. In the fall of 2008, Hayes signed a letter of intent to participate in the NCAA Boston College Hockey Eastern Conference. In his three years of 117 games for the Boston College Eagles, Hayes scored a total of 81 points (42 goals and 39 assists).

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