Bruins Sign Dorchester’s Jimmy Hayes to Three-Year Deal

After stints in Florida and Chicago, the BC alum is coming home.

Photo via AP

Photo via AP

The Bruins signed Dorchester native and Boston College alum Jimmy Hayes to a three-year, $2.3 million contract, the team announced Monday.

Hayes, 25, came to Boston as a part of a trade with the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith. Hayes played 72 games for the Panthers last season and notched 19 goals, good for third-best on the young team. Before Florida, Hayes played 43 games for the Chicago Blackhawks.

A native of Dorchester’s Adams Village neighborhood, Hayes will receive a homecoming of sorts. For starters, his red Blackhawks sweater hanging in Dot’s Eire Pub will be taken down in favor of something black-and-gold. Hayes and his brother Kevin, a forward for the New York Rangers, played their squirts careers in Dorchester Youth Hockey and later attended Saint Ann’s School in Neponset before moving on to greener pastures.

A member of Boston College’s 2010 NCAA championship squad, Hayes also helped the United States to a silver medal in the 2007 U-18 World Junior Championship.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was busy on Monday, inking forwards Brett Connolly and Brandon DeFazio to one-year deals as well.