Jimmy Hayes, former NHL player and NCAA champion, dead at 31

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Jimmy Hayes, a former NHL player who played for four different teams and starred at Boston College, has died. He was 31.

Hayes’ death was announced by Boston College on Monday.

“Boston College Hockey is heartbroken over the passing of Jimmy Hayes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hayes family,” the school said.

The details surrounding his death were not clear. According to the Boston Globe, Hayes’ wife Kristen posted photos of her and her family at an arcade celebrating the birth of one of their sons. Hayes reportedly appeared to be OK in the photos.

Authorities were called to Hayes’ Massachusetts home, where he was pronounced dead, the paper reported.

Hayes was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft out of Boston College where he had won an NCAA Title. He made his debut with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011 and played 31 games for them.

He would go on to play for the Blackhawks from 2011 to 2014. He then played for the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. He was out of the league by the end of the 2017-18 season.

He scored 54 goals and had 55 assists in 334 games.

Hayes is also the older brother of Philadelphia Flyers star Kevin Hayes.

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