BOSTON - The Boston Bruins issued the following statements on the passing of Jimmy Hayes.
The Boston Bruins are heartbroken by the passing of Dorchester native and former Bruin Jimmy Hayes. Our thoughts are with his wife Kristen, his sons Beau and Mac, and the entire Hayes family during this very difficult time.
BOSTON BRUINS CAPTAIN PATRICE BERGERON
I'm devastated to learn of the passing of my friend Jimmy Hayes. It was a pleasure getting to know Jimmy, and he was such a joy to be around both on and off the ice. I'll always remember his big smile - he was so positive and full of life. I'm going to really miss that. We've lost a great person.
My family and I send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Kristen, their two young boys, his brother Kevin, and the rest of his family during this difficult time.
BOSTON BRUINS PRESIDENT CAM NEELY
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jimmy Hayes. Jimmy had an incredible personality that could light up any room. It was truly special to see Jimmy represent his hometown in a Bruins sweater.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kristen, Beau, Mac, and the entire hockey community.
BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER DON SWEENEY
It is with great sadness that we are saying goodbye to Jimmy Hayes. Jimmy had a big heart and a gregarious personality which always created energy for family, teammates, and friends. The hockey community lost a good man.
The Bruins' family sends their thoughts and prayers to Kristen, Beau, Mac, and the entire Hayes family.
Many of his former teammates and friends also took to social media to express their condolences:
BOSTON BRUINS ALTERNATE CAPTAIN BRAD MARCHAND
Devastating news to hear of the loss of Jimmy. Thoughts and prayers to all of his friends and family. He was an incredible person and teammate. You will be missed Brother!
BOSTON BRUINS WINGER CHRIS WAGNER
You always went out of your way to make me and everyone else feel special from the time I met you when I was 9 years old. Every time we hung out I knew I was going to laugh no matter what was going on because of how positive you were. My heart breaks for your whole family. We will miss you so much. Love you Jim. RIP.
BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT GRZELCYK
My heart breaks for the entire Hayes family. Jimmy was a big role model for me dreaming of playing college hockey and in the NHL in our hometown. His positive mindset and upbeat personality were so infectious, he could put a smile on anybody. Gone way too soon. RIP.
BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MIKE REILLY
Thoughts and prayers to the Hayes family during this devastating time. Every time we crossed paths he was as kind and genuine as anyone I have every met. RIP Jimmy.