Oct. 25, 2021 – I texted his dad and his wife, Kristen, the morning that article came out, and I let them know how powerful it was — how brave they were to share what they did. I’ve known Jimmy since I was 16, and he was a great, great person. Everyone cared about him so much. I can’t speak highly enough of the Hayes family. They are all great people.  And I know they want to help, just like I do. Because we’re in the middle of a massive opioid and mental health crisis. Those two things are inherently connected. And I believe the first step toward change is honesty and vulnerability. I let myself down the last time I did this. I won’t do it again. So this is my truth. In October 2018, I was lost. And for those of you who didn’t read my first story, I can give an extremely quick recap here, because I think it’s important. I’ve had OCD for as long as I can remember. It’s a severe case that impacted my life, my hockey career and everything in between. I had these intrusive thoughts that pushed me into dark corners of my mind, where I no longer knew who I was, or what I wanted to be.


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