James Ryan Hayes, excellently known as Jimmy Hayes was an American professional ice hockey right-winger. He debuted with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-2012 season, then went on to spend two years with the Florida Panthers before a 2015 trade sent him to the Boston Bruins. Hayes played 334 games in the NHL and had 54 goals and 55 assists. He also played for the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. In his teens, he participated in the Four Nations and Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournaments as a member of the United States National U-17 ice hockey team. He went on to finish in second place at the IIHF World U18 Championships as a member of Team USA. Jimmy scored over eighty career points while on the Boston College Eagles team. Additionally, Hayes last played professionally in 2019 and had been a co-host of a podcast called Missin Curfew. Sadly, we lost such a versatile icon on 23rd August 2021.
Jimmy Hayes leaves the world forever
Jimmy Hayes, who won a national hockey championship at Boston College and played seven seasons in the NHL, has died on 23rd August 2021 in Milton, Massachusetts, U.S. He was 31. Medics were called to Hayes’s home in the Boston suburbs on Monday, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. No other details surrounding the death were disclosed.
“The Boston Bruins are heartbroken by the passing of Dorchester native and former Bruin Jimmy Hayes,” the NHL team shared in a statement Monday. “Our thoughts are with his wife Kristen, his sons Beau and Mac, and the entire Hayes family during this very difficult time.”
- Being an American professional ice hockey right-winger.
- For debuting with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-2012 season.
Where was Jimmy Hayes born?
Jimmy Hayes was born on 21st November 1989 with the real name of James Ryan Hayes in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. He was American by nationality and American-white by ethnicity. Similarly, his religion was Christian and his race was white. Jimmy lastly celebrated his 31st birthday in 2020 and as per his birthdate, his zodiac sign was Scorpio. He was the son of his father, Kevin Hayes, and his mother, Sheila Hayes. He also has four siblings, Genevieve, Eileen, Justine, and Kevin.
How was the Career of Jimmy Hayes?
- Jimmy Hayes kicked off his career being a member of the U.S. National U-17 Team at the 2005 Four Nations Tournament in 2005-2006 after which he was selected to the 2006 U.S. U-17 Select Team and participated at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament hosted in the Czech Republic.
- Then he was selected first overall in the 2006 USHL Futures Draft by the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets as well as he played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP)’s under-18 team in 2006-2007, and was also a member of the silver medal-winning Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships.
- The 2007-2008 season marked his second season with the NTDP as he tallied seven points in 18 games with the U18 team, and in 19 games with the U.S. National Team, he tallied ten points.
- He also had his United States Hockey League (USHL) rights traded from the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets to the Lincoln Stars in February 2008. Shortly after, he was released from the NTDP and joined the Stars.
- Jimmy played with Lincoln for 21 games, scoring four goals and 11 assists, also registering nine post-season from eight games whereas he signed a letter of intent to attend Boston College of the NCAA’s Hockey East conference in the Fall of 2008.
- Also, he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
- He tallied a total of 81 points (42 goals and 39 assists) in his three-year, 117-game tenure with the Boston College Eagles.
- As a freshman in the 2008-2009 season, he played in 36 games and registered 13 points (eight goals and five assists).
- He ranked fifth on the team with 75 shots at the end of the season as well as he was noted to have recorded two multiple-goal games, including one hat trick.
- He played in all 42 of Boston College’s games as a sophomore in the 2009-2010 season.
- His effort during the post-season helped to lift the Eagles over the University of Maine in a 7-6 overtime victory during the Hockey East championship game on 20th March. He and the Eagles won the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament in Detroit at Ford Field.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Jimmy to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for the 43rd overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on 26th June 2010 where he made his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on 30th December 2011.
- On 2nd January 2011, he scored his first NHL goal in his second career game, against Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers and scored his second goal on 5th January 2012.
- Later he participated in his first Stanley Cup playoff game on 21st April 2012, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarter-finals against the Phoenix Coyotes.
- Jimmy was traded, along with Dylan Olsen, to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Kris Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre during the 2013-2014 season, on 14th November 2013.
- Hayes and the Panthers agreed to a one-year, one-way contract for $925,000 on 29th July 2014 where he enjoyed his first full 2014-2015 season, in the NHL with the Panthers, notching a career-high 19 goals and 35 points in 72 games.
- The Panthers traded him to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Reilly Smith and the contract of injured Marc Savard as a restricted free agent, on 1st July 2015. Hayes agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Bruins worth $2.3 million per year on 6th July 2015 whereas his first goal as a Bruin came on 14th October 2015, in a 6-2 road victory against the hosting Colorado Avalanche.
- He also scored his first-ever NHL hat trick against Senators’ goaltender Craig Anderson, as the initial, fifth, and seventh Bruins goals (the seventh scored with only 0.2 seconds of game time remaining) for a 7-3 home ice Bruins win.
- He was later bought out from the remaining year of his contract by the Bruins after a career-worst season on 30th June 2017.
- Hayes signed a one-year, one-way contract with the New Jersey Devils on 1st October 2017 and he had three goals and six assists in 33 games.
- He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on 1st July 2018 whereas he was reassigned to their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins while participating in the Penguins training camp prior to the 2018-2019 season.
To whom Jimmy Hayes was Married?
Jimmy Hayes was a married guy. He tied a knot with his beautiful wife Kristen Valente. The couple met each other for the first time in their residential building in Seaport, Boston. After dating for several years, they got married in July 2018. According to Kristen, “We both knew of each other but officially met through mutual friends at Legal Harborside one night.” Jimmy was also the father of his two children. Talking about his sexual orientation, he was straight.
What was the Net Worth of Jimmy Hayes?
Jimmy Hayes was a talented guy who had a net worth of $8 million as of 2021. He also earned a fine amount of salary which was around $2 million per year. He had gained a considerable amount of money from his profession as his major source of income was from his ice hockey career. Jimmy had not done any endorsement work till the time of his death.
How tall was Jimmy Hayes?
Jimmy Hayes was 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) tall whereas his body weighs around 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb). He had dark brown hair and eyes color. His physique combined with his perfect height and masculine look took him to the top of the desired list in the young gen women. In addition, Jimmy was athletic by body build.