Morning Free Association: Rest In Peace, Jimmy

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Yesterday, the Boston hockey community was rocked by the news that Jimmy Hayes had died of an apparent heart attack. He was 31. He leaves behind his wife, Kristen, and two very young children: Beau, 2, and Mac, 3 months.

Jimmy was from a big family in Dorchester and was a cousin with the Tkachuks and the Fitzgeralds. Both he and his brother, Kevin, decided to play collegiate hockey at Boston college before heading to the NHL. He was drafted by the Toronto Maples Leafs in 2008 but never played a game for them, instead ending up being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he made his NHL debut on December 30, 2011. In the next two games, he scored his first and second NHL goals. In 2013, he was traded to the Florida Panthers. He would play the next season and half with them before being traded to Boston on July 1, 2015 for Reilly Smith and the contract of Marc Savard. Since he was still an RFA, the Bruins signed him to a 3-year deal, of which he would only play 2. His tenure in Boston was full of promise but his scoring fell flat resulting in the Bruins buying out his final year. He went on to sign a one-year, one-way deal with New Jersey. That 2017-2018 season would be the final season he would play in the NHL. The next season, he signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins spending the entire season in Wilkes-Barre.

Jimmy got married, came home to Milton, MA and started a family. Last August, just after his oldest son turned one, he started a podcast called Missin Curfew with former NHL players Shane O’Brien and Scott Upshall.

While his time playing professionally was short, he had the promise of new, bigger, and better things.

His many teammates loved him.

It’s just heartbreaking.

Rest in peace, Jimmy.

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That one’s pretty horrible. Ya hate to see that happen, (even to a player who was super frustrating, because they’re all people, and he was reportedly such a nice guy). It amazes me that guys prone to heart issues can make it through 10 years in the NHL without anyone noticing.

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It amazes me that guys prone to heart issues can make it through 10 years in the NHL without anyone noticing

Yup, how does that happen?
I have the sads now and don’t much feel like chatting. … sad

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Morning all. Absolutely horrible.

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The London Bear

Awful, awful news. I hadn’t heard it was a suspected heart attack. Just shocking. There was also a prominent darts player died overnight, aged 33.

Every day is a blessing, folks.

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Not so good a morning…
Wow, who would have ever guessed that would happen. I always wished Jimmy Hayes would be better as a player…. I guess he could not have been a nicer guy and, let’s face it, that’s more important. Pretty shocking, a young athlete suffering a heart attack. Only the good die young, eh? Reasons I will live forever!! razz