Flyers Kevin Hayes to miss 3-4 weeks; also thanks Bruins for honoring brother’s memory

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Jan 6, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes (13) against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing a procedure Tuesday to drain fluid from his adductor region.

Hayes still traveled with the team despite the upcoming procedure.

“Kevin knew this was going to happen yesterday and he still went into New York and played the game for us, which says a lot about him,” Yeo said. “I’m not exactly sure what the timeline is, but I know he’s very optimistic he can be back before that timeline says. He’s a guy that wants to play. He’s been through a lot. For him being at the rink and being with the players, helping his teammates, has done a lot for him and he does a lot for us. We’re hoping that this is a quick recovery and we can get him back on the ice very soon.”

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Hayes, 29, has appeared in only 20 games this season. He has three goals and six assists while notching 14 penalty minutes.

The eighth-year veteran has scored double-digit goals in each of his previous seven seasons. He has 130 goals and 180 assists in 525 career games.

Hayes thanks Bruins

When the Flyers visited the Bruins, it was an emotional homecoming for Kevin, who lost his brother Jimmy this offseason.

Former NHL forward Jimmy Hayes, who passed away at age 31 in August, had fentanyl and cocaine in his system at the time of his death, family members told the Boston Globe.

Hayes had a seven-year NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. His brother, Kevin Hayes, currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers.

A Boston area native, Jimmy Hayes also won an NCAA hockey championship with Boston College in 2010.

“The way that the Bruins and the Boston community kind of have represented my brother and my family definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed and we really appreciate it,” his brother Kevin said.

“The Bruins have been amazing with my family and my brother’s family,” Hayes said on ESPN’s The Point, which aired Thursday, “especially Brad Marchand. He has played street hockey with [Jimmy’s son] Beau. He went down to the local Dorchester rink and hung out with them, got them sticks, got them pucks. Beau wants to be Kevin Hayes and Brad Marchand every single morning when he wakes up.”

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–Field Level Media contributed to this report