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The cause of death for former Boston Bruins and Boston College forward Jimmy Hayes likely won’t be known for potentially a month or more. 

In an e-mail statement to the Boston Globe a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had this to say:

“OCME has completed an autopsy in this case. The cause and manner of death remain pending and an update is not expected for several weeks when toxicology testing comes back.”

Sadly, that toxicology test will lead to even more of the baseless and insensitive speculation that has dominated hockey social media since Hayes passed away suddenly on Monday morning. Frankly, after 20 years of covering the Boston Bruins and the NHL, this longtime puck scribe has never been so disappointed in the Bruins and NHL fan base. The people claiming that Hayes had a drug overdose or died from the COVID vaccine are showing their true colors and don’t have the slightest idea of what may have happened. They likely have no idea what an amazing human being Hayes was but clearly, as is usually the case with insecure people that hide behind a keyboard, they get more joy out of dragging the deceased through the mud rather than celebrate a sadly short life for a wonderful person and teammate. 

“Jimmy was just a special guy. Literally every single room he walked into he lit it up with a smile, a joke, and lots of laughs. It’s hard to put into words what he meant to not only his teammates but his family. He has such a strong family that it’s tough to see it happen,” former Boston Bruins defenseman and teammate of Hayes Torey Krug said on the Greg Hill Show on WEEI on Wednesday morning. “You don’t hear people talk about the championships and all the goals he scored over the years, and he won championships at Boston College, but you hear people talk about his character, how much fun he was to be around, and that smile. It’s been a tough few days.”

These ignorant trolls are likely the ones who made life with the Boston Bruins tougher than it had to be for the Dorchester kid who wanted nothing more than to represent them and wear the Spoked B.

“He was so excited to wear the Boston Bruins sweater. We knew what it meant for him to wear the sweater and what a dream come true it was for him to play in front of all his friends and family,” Krug said. “I remember doing multiple hospital visits with Jim. It was so easy to go in there with him because one of his God-given abilities was to light up a room and make everybody laugh. No matter what they were going through, it was easy to go into a room like that with Jim.”

Luckily tributes like that have helped drown out the rumors and immaturity but I couldn’t not say something for a person who always cared more about everyone else than himself. Show some respect!

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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No to Rask move on

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Get off your high horse Murphy. You are not well liked from what I’m hearing.


Doing drugs says nothing about him as a person get off your high horse

Last edited 1 year ago by Tim
Sean Ro

What was the cause of death? Haven’t seen it published anywhere…always sad but getting more and more suspicious circumstances with nobody talking about what really happened

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Disappointed reader

How do you even have a job? You ddont see it as plausable that a healthy 30 year suddenly passing on and it being because of OD. When he plays in a league where pain killers runrambid? And he’s from a city where 75% of the people he grew up prob use and he finally escalated to stronger pain med? He wouldnt be the first. Thats for sure. Btw my question was rhytorical. You obviously have a job because you wrote atticarticleslike this protecting the NHL. Probgot a little kickback from theleaguetop write this to i bet huh? You shed… Read more »

Don Kedic

Well, this aged like a fine milk….Quit being such a fuckin homer and realize that just because you paint these athletes as “perfect” and can do no wrong, they are in fact human.

What’s the point?

Of these 21 comments on this article ONLY three of them are actual comments (made by a human) that Jim allowed to get through his Soviet style censorship wall. Pretty sad how journalism is dead. It must be nice to be able to get on the soapbox, spew a bunch of garbage and have no criticism allowed on any of your articles or on Twitter. Might as well delete the comment section Jim. I’m convinced at this point you don’t even read the comments before you censor them you just censor The people you don’t like based off their email… Read more »

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