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Former Rockford IceHogs forward Jimmy Hayes dies at 31

ROCKFORD — Jimmy Hayes, whose eight-year pro career included 120 games with the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League, died Monday at his home in Milton, Massachusetts. He was 31.

Hayes began his pro career in 2011 with Rockford, where and had a 25-goal season with the club in 2012-13. He also skated with the Binghamton Devils (2017-18) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2018-19) before his retirement in 2019.

In 195 games over parts of six AHL campaigns, Hayes totaled 51 goals and 57 assists for 108 points. Off the ice, he was Rockford’s team winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award in 2013 for his outstanding efforts in the local community.

The Boston College product also played 334 games in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils.

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