James Ryan Hayes was a professional ice hockey right winger from the United States. Hayes and his family celebrated the birthday of their two-year-old son Beau over the weekend, according to Instagram pictures from his wife Kristen on Sunday.
He was 31 years old and his wife Kristen Valente was around 25-27 years old.
Hayes was a member of the United States National U-17 Team at the 2005 Four Nations Tournament in Russia in 2005–06.
After that, he was named to the 2006 United States U-17 Select Team and competed in the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets selected him first overall in the 2006 USHL Futures Draft.
Hayes signed a one-year, one-way contract with the New Jersey Devils on October 1, 2017. Hayes scored three goals and added six assists in 33 games while in and out of the lineup.
Hayes signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2018.
Hayes was reassigned to the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, while in training camp prior to the 2018–19 season.
How Did Jimmy Hayes Die?
Hayes was discovered dead in his Milton, Massachusetts home on August 23, 2021, at the age of 31. According to the Boston Globe, which quoted local authorities and first responders, the cause of death was not immediately revealed but was not considered suspicious.
Hayes was found dead at his home in Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, according to the outlet. In a statement, the Devils stated, “His infectious personality and easygoing nature were contagious to all who spent time with him,”
“He had a tremendous ability to make everyone feel welcome. You will be missed, Jimmy.”
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. pic.twitter.com/fgtwyYQ4IO
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