Friday, October 30, 2020

Back on the Agganis Ice..UPDATED


 ...but first a stick salute to a fallen Terrier. has compiled extensive lists of the media coverage of Travis Roy’s passing and the growing number of social media tributes to the life and achievements of #24.

 Media Coverage

 Social Media Tributes

The Boston Globe has republished its Oct. 31, 1999 report on the retirement of Roy’s jersey.  

SI/The Hockey News Remembering the Inspirational Travis Roy

The Washington Post The Existential Question Posed by Travis Roy

The Boston Globe Travis Roy's Legacy is one of Enduring Courage

 Looking ahead

2022 recruit Doug Grimes scored a pair of unassisted goals, including the game-winner as Sioux City edged Sioux Falls, 3-2. The tallies were the first USHL goals for power forward Grimes who moved to the USHL after a breakout season at Dexter Southfield where he scored
48 points (23G,25A) in 30 games for Coach Dan Donato. box score


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Travis Roy (1975-2020)


"He did what we all should strive to be, and that's being selfless and not selfish." Jack Parker

 Travis Roy, who was paralyzed by a spill into the end boards at Walter Brown Arena just 11 seconds into his first collegiate shift, died today of complication of his quadriplegia at the age of 45.  His death comes just days after the 25th anniversary of his injury in BU’s opening game of the 1995-96 season against North Dakota.


His passing is the second recent loss of an icon of the BU and college hockey community, following the death of Coach Jack Kelley last month.

The injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down with very limited use of one arm, sent the self-described rink rat’s life in an entirely new direction. In 1996, he founded The Travis Roy Foundation with the aim of helping spinal cord injury survivors live more independent and hopeful lives through adaptive equipment grants and funding scientific research focused on solving paralysis-related challenges. Since then, the Foundation has helped more than 2,100 quadriplegics and paraplegics, and awarded nearly $5 million in grants toward spinal cord research.

In a statement, BU Athletics said:

“[Roy’s] story is the epitome of inspiration and courage, and he was a hero and role model to so many people,” BU Athletics said in a statement. “Travis’ work and dedication towards helping fellow spinal cord-injury survivors is nothing short of amazing. His legacy will last forever, his legacy will last forever, not just within the Boston University community, but with the countless lives he has impacted across the country. Our sincere thoughts are with his wonderful family as well as his vast support group of friends and colleagues.”

BU Head Coach Albie O'Connell, a freshman classmate of Roy, told the Boston Hockey Blog, "“If you’re in the rafters at BU, that transcends you through time. Travis might be one of the most legendary guys that played at BU. A lot of people that don’t know anything about BU Hockey, they all know Travis.”

News of Roy’s death triggered a massive response of grief and remembrances  throughout all levels of the hockey world, lighting up Twitter, where friends and fans are posting Donate $24. Pass it on.

Ten days ago, The Boston Globe published an article, The Amazing, Transformative Life of Travis Roy, written by his long-time friend, Kevin Cullen, in what may have been Roy’s final interview. Talking about his life since his injury, he remained optimistic, saying, “I’m 45 years old. I know that’s young. But I do feel old. There are things that wear you down when you live in a wheelchair for 25 years. But I have been so fortunate, and all the people who have helped me are still with me. There are people that are so worse off than me, and I want to help them.”

Following multiple surgeries and a long convalescence, Roy returned to BU and completed his degree in Communications in 2000, just one year after his fellow freshmen in 1995. He has remained a frequent presence at BU home games, supporting his teammates and those who followed. 

Special events have been at the heart of the fundraising efforts for the Travis Roy Foundation. For the past 20 years, the TRF WIFFLE Ball Tournament has been played in Essex, Vermont, with thousands of spectators watching 32 teams compete at Little Fenway, Little Wrigley and Little Field of Dreams.  The Comm Ave Charity Classic, matching BU and BC hockey alums, begun in 2015, has raised funds for The Travis Roy Foundation as well as Compassionate Care ALS and Pete Frates Home Heath Initiative.

Along with his leadership of the foundation, Roy became an in-demand motivational speaker as well as a spinal-cord injury activist.

On Nov. 20, 2014, he was the recipient of the prestigious Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award and provided a stirring acceptance speech.  

A month after Roy’s injury, Sports Illustrated’s E.M. Swift, a former Princeton goalie, penned an extended feature article—Eleven Seconds—unfolding the events of that life-altering night and the weeks that followed, as well as the path that brought Roy to his goal of suiting up for the Terriers.

In 1998, Roy and Swift collaborated on an autobiography, Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph

Multiple events marked the 20th anniversary included a gala at Agganis Arena, the City of Boston declaring ”Travis Roy Day,” a one-day contract with the Bruins, the creation by anonymous donors of a Travis M. Roy Professorship at Sargent College. Travis also appeared on ESPN and was the subject of an E-60 episode, Travis Roy, 20 years ago, 11 seconds long. During the University’s 2016 Commencement, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

College Hockey News noted that legendary Boston University coach Jack Parker stayed extremely close to Roy over the years.

"I always tell people, whenever this subject comes up, is that the worst thing that ever happened to me as the coach of the Boston University hockey team is the injury to Travis Roy," Parker said on the 15th anniversary of the injury. "And the best thing that's ever happened to me as the coach of the Boston University hockey Team is the way everyone responded to the injury to Travis Roy. The way the Boston University community rallied around Travis was just unbelievable."

A native of Yarmouth, Maine, Roy was the son of a University of Vermont skater and later a rink manager in Portland. Following two standout seasons at Tabor Academy, scoring 50 goals and 43 assists in 51 games, he earned a full scholarship to BU, joining the freshman class following BU’s 1995 national championship. Roy’s #24 Terrier jersey was the first number to be retired by the hockey program.

● obituary

New York Times obituary

WBZ-TV Jack Parker interview 

College Hockey News report 

● USCHO report

Boston Herald report

● Boston Hockey Blog report

● report

The Athletic: Travis Roy should be remembered for his amazing commitment to life

Chris Drury recognizing Travis Roy during his U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction

Tribute by Hockey Scout Brendan Collins


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