The hockey world is still in shock over the sudden and unexpected death of former NHL forward Jimmy Hayes, who passed away this morning at the young age of 31.
The Boston Bruins, with whom Hayes suited up for during his NHL Career, released several statements from the likes of captain Patrice Bergeron, team president Cam Neely, and GM Don Sweeney.
"I'm devastated to learn of the passing of my friend Jimmy Hayes," wrote Bergeron. "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 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 the family during this difficult time."
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jimmy Hayes," wrote Neely. "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."
"It is with great sadness that we are saying goodbye to Jimmy Hayes," wrote Sweeney. "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 send their thoughts and prayers to Kristen, Beau, Mac and the entire Hayes family."