Jimmy Hayes’ cause of death still a mystery after autopsy


The cause of former NHLer Jimmy Hayes’ death was still pending following an autopsy conducted by a pathologist, a spokesman for the Massachusetts medical examiner’s office told The Post on Wednesday.

Hayes, a Dorchester, Mass. native who won a national championship at Boston College and later played for the Bruins, died unexpectedly Monday morning in his home outside Boston.

He was 31.

It is not uncommon for an autopsy report to not yield a cause of death, particularly in the case of a former athlete as young as Hayes.

Jimmy Hayes
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A toxicology test is being conducted to help determine a cause of death, and that could take up to several weeks, the spokesman said.

Known for his fun-loving personality and smooth hands around the net, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound forward played for the Blackhawks, Panthers, Bruins and Devils across seven NHL seasons.

Jimmy Hayes with the Devils
Jimmy Hayes with the Devils
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He last appeared in a professional game in the 2018-19 season as a member of the minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Following his playing days, Hayes co-hosted a hockey and lifestyle podcast.

He is survived by his wife, Kristen; two young sons, Beau and Mac; parents, Shelagh and Kevin Sr.; and siblings, Genevieve, Eileen, Justine and Kevin, who currently plays for the Flyers and spent five seasons with the Rangers.

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