BOSTON – The Bruins nicknamed him “Haysey” during his two seasons in Boston. In Florida they called him “Broadway”. Dorchester native Jimmy Hayes, who died suddenly in August, was a popular teammate in both locker rooms when he played for each franchise.
Thus, before Boston plays against Florida on Saturday at TD Garden, the two franchises honored Hayes. During warm-ups, each player from both teams wore shirts with “Hayesy” and “Broadway” respectively in place of their own name in tribute.
Ahead of the national anthem, the TD Garden released a video in memory of Hayes showing the highlights of his career, but also his extensive community and charitable work.
An autopsy revealed fentanyl and cocaine were in his body and likely killed the 31-year-old. Her family disclosed the results publicly in hopes of helping others and raising awareness.
Florida interim coach Andrew Brunette spoke about Hayes ahead of the game.
“I played with Jimmy. A very contagious child and a pleasure to be with him, ”he said. “I miss that I can’t see it, but being a part of it tonight is very special.”
The two teams are auctioning their warm-up jerseys for a charity to be jointly determined by the team and Hayes’ family. The The Bruins jerseys are available here while the The Panthers auction is here. The Bruins are also donating the proceeds from Saturday’s 50/50 raffle to the same charity.