Who is Jimmy Hayes' wife, Kristen? Family mourns death of former NHL player

Darcy Rafter August 23, 2021
Who is Jimmy Hayes' wife, Kristen? Family mourns death of former NHL player
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Who is former NHL pro Jimmy Hayes’ wife? Social media is flooded with condolences as the former professional ice hockey player has sadly passed away unexpectedly on 23 August, at age 31. Hayes’ family – wife Kristen and their two young children – and the wider hockey community mourns this untimely loss.

The popular sportsman has had an enduring career only retiring from professional hockey in 2019.

Jimmy who was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts passed away last night unexpectedly, August 23, 2021, at the age of 31.

Death of former Bruins player mourned by NHL

Jimmy Hayes has had an outstanding career and was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

It seems great sportsmanship runs in the family as his younger brother Kevin Hayes is currently playing in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jimmy’s passion has always been hockey and in 2005 he made the US National U-17 Team member at that year’s Four Nations Tournament. From here he was selected to participate in the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament hosted in the Czech Republic.

From 2006–2007 Jimmy played for the US Hockey National Team Development Program in the under-18 team and participated in the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships, winning a silver medal for his team.

The following year, he played again for the NTDP and stayed on for 18 games with the U18 team. In February 2008, Hayes had his United States Hockey League rights traded from the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets to the Lincoln Stars.

Jimmy then played for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while under contract to the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League and it is with this team that his status as a hockey legend was cemented.

Who is Jimmy Hayes’ wife, Kristen?

Hayes is survived by his parents Sheila and Kevin Hayes, and his younger brother Kevin, who also has an ice hockey career.

Jimmy has a family of his own, with his wife Kristen and two young boys, who are 2 years old and 3 months old respectively.

According to her Instagram profile, Kristen is a dedicated wife, a proud mum to her two boys and the couple’s pet pup, and a style influencer.

She often posts pictures and videos of her family and shares info about her outfits to an app called Like To Know It, which allows followers to see her recent style choices and links to buy the same clothes as her.

So far, Kristen has not made any official posts following her husband’s death and the family is mourning their loss in private.

RIP Jimmy Hayes: Twitter users pay tribute

As the news recently broke the tributes are circulating on Twitter and other social media platforms, here are some of the condolences shared.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist working on GRV Media’s audience team across The Focus, Reality Titbit, and HITC. Darcy studied Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University and whilst there she completed a work internship with GRV Media. After gaining a first-class BA (Hons) degree, Darcy joined the team full-time. Since then she has become a social media specialist and her expertise lies in tracking trends. With five years of experience in media, she is particularly passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. When she’s not writing about The Kardashians, she’s binge-watching it!