Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Night for Travis Roy, Honoring the Man and His Foundation--UPDATED

Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of Travis Roy’s tragic injury, just 11 seconds into his first shift as a BU freshman. On the night when BU raised the banner for its 1995 national championship, Roy missed a check and fell into the boards with the damage to his cervical vertebrae leaving him a quadriplegic.

Since the day that changed his life forever, Roy (bio) has earned a degree in communications from BU, became a successful motivational speaker and launched the The Travis Roy Foundation.  Roy has dedicated this foundation to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families. The foundation has awarded more than two million dollars in research grants towards finding a cure.

Last January, Travis was awarded the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Tonight, Agganis Arena will host A Night for Travis Roy, Honoring the Man and His Foundation. The reception and dinner fundraiser has set a goal of $1 million for the foundation.  The organizing committee for the event features many luminaries from the hockey world and the Greater Boston Community including Mayor Marty Walsh, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, Red Sox executives Sam Kennedy and Larry Cancro, former Terriers Chris Drury, Bill Cotter John Grady and Dan Ronan, and ESPN’s John Buccigross    Ticket information.

● Feature articles: NHL.com, USCHO, Boston Herald  
● USCHO BlogTalk Radio interview with Travis Roy 8 p.m. tonight. 
Star Ledger: How Travis Inspired New Devils Coach John Hynes 
Sports Illustrated: E.M. Swift's Nov.20, 1995 report: Eleven Seconds
●  E:60: Travis Roy: 20 Years and 11 Seconds  (video)

Terriers dropped in both polls, falling to # 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and to #8 in the USCHO Weekly poll. ESPN’s John Buccigross ranks BU sixth. 

Sophomore Brandon Fortunato and freshman Ryan Cloonan were named to the Hockey East Weekly top performers list. Fortunato scored the game-winner –and BU’s first power play goal of the season—against Wisconsin, while Cloonan assisted on a pair of goals.

►SB Nation: Hockey East Weekend Analysis

Looking ahead
SB Nation’s Conor Ryan interviewed 2016 recruits Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows following the NTDP U18s’ 7-4 exhibition game win against BU. The pair, who are the top two Team USA scorers with 20 and 16 points respectively, explained how they've quickly developed chemistry as linemates and discussed their first experience playing at Agganis Arena..

An added BU connection for Bellows: his father, Brian, scored 40 goals for the Canadian’s 1993 Stanley Cup championship team. One of his teammates on that Cup team was Ed Ronan, who played on BU's '91 Hockey East champs/NCAA finalist team along with Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern, Keith Tkachuk and Mark Krys, who is 2016 recruit Chad Krys's dad.

Another 2016 recruit, forward John McDermott, is the top scorer to-date for the Mid-Fairfield Rangers as of the '2015-16 season. McDermott, a  6’1.5” 194 lb center who was named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Watch List with a C rating, will return for his senior season at the Westminster School, where he tallied 28 points in 28 games last year.

On Saturday, 2016 recruit Dante Fabbro scored his sixth goal of the season in Penticton’s 4-3 win against Langley, extending his point streak to 10 games and his league-best point total for defensemen to 20. He is tied for seventh among all skaters. The Vees, who have won their last 12 games after losing the season opener, are currently #3 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.

Looking back
In case you missed it, new Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dyment was a guest on Episode 2 of Inside BU Hockey. Discussing BU’s 4 OT loss to St. Lawrence in the 2000 NCAA regionals (then the longest NCAA game), Dyment added that he also played in the longest AHL game (with Houston) and the longest ECHL game (with Trenton).  All three records have subsequently been broken.  Co-captain of the Terriers' 2001-02 squad, Dyment also recalled that he’d hit the crossbar in the 3rd period of that loss to St. Lawrence.


Women’s Team
Senior Sarah Lefort and freshman Sammy Davis earned spots on Hockey East’s Weekly Top Performers List.
● Daily Free Press recap of Clarkson series

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