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Kevin Hayes shares touching story at Jimmy Hayes’ funeral; fans pay tribute with stick salute



Kevin Hayes

It’s been a sad week in the hockey world since the death of Jimmy Hayes last Monday. Jimmy Hayes, a Boston native, died unexpectedly on August 23rd at the age of 31.

It’s been a particularly sad week for the Boston hockey world and, by extension, the Philadelphia hockey world. Jimmy’s younger brother, Kevin Hayes, is a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jimmy Hayes was a member of the Boston College team that won the championship in 2010, alongside fellow NHLers Cam Atkinson, Brian Dumoulin, and Chris Kreider. The Hayes brothers were teammates at Boston College for the 2010-11 season.

Jimmy played seven seasons in the NHL for four different teams, the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils.

“The NHL family mourns the passing of Jimmy Hayes, who appeared in over 300 games with the Blackhawks, Panthers, Devils and his hometown Bruins,” the League said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Kevin shared a beautiful tribute to Jimmy on his Instagram last Tuesday.

The services for Jimmy Hayes were held on Monday, August 30th. Kevin Hayes shared a beautiful story that shows just how great of a person Jimmy was.

You might need tissues for this one.

Hayes touched a lot of people both inside and outside of the hockey world throughout his life.

P.K. Subban, who played with Jimmy in New Jersey, shared a few touching scenes from Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy’s family and friends, and anyone he impacted throughout his meaningful life.

Rest in peace, Jimmy. We’ll leave a stick out for you.

Photo: Heather Barry Images

Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.


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