Las Vegas, Nevada 2020-10-29 21:34:00 –
Elise Amendra / AP
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 6:34 pm
Boston-Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, paralyzed 11 seconds after his first college shift, became a defender of spinal cord injury survivors both inside and outside the sports world, but died. He was 45 years old.
His death was confirmed by the BU Athletic Club and the Travis Roy Foundation.
“It’s from the bottom of my heart to mourn Travis Roy’s death,” the school said in a statement. “His story is a microcosm of inspiration and courage, and he was a role model and hero for many.
“Travis’ work and dedication to helping fellow SCI survivors is amazing,” the school said. “His legacy will last forever, not only within the Boston University community, but with the myriad lives he has influenced throughout the country.”
Roy is a 20-year-old freshman who made his NCAA championship in the opening round of the 1995-96 season after checking his opponents in North Dakota.
The accident caused him to have a quadriplegia.
He made 40 motivational speeches a year from his wheelchair. Message he shared: Do your best with what you have and don’t stick to your misery.
“I would like to say that I lived a passionate life for the first 20 years and a purposeful life for the last 20 years,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press shortly after turning 40. Having both at the same time, I’m lucky. I’ll take either. “
He has raised over $ 9 million since he founded the Travis Roy Foundation in 1997. Half is for research and half is for providing equipment to people with SCI. Roy, who was able to control the joystick that controls the chair, barely regained movement after the injury and felt no sensation below the middle of his chest.
“I thought the research would go on, but by the time I’m 40, it could be normal again,” Roy told AP in 2015. .. “
The hockey world mourned his death on Thursday, and the NHL called Roy “a special man who responded to his devastating injuries by devoting himself to serving others.”
Former Bruins star and current team president, Camney Lee, also expressed his condolences.
“Travisroy was the ultimate symbol of determination and courage,” Neely said. “The impact of Travis on the New England hockey community is immeasurable. His relentless support for spinal cord research was inspiring.”
Ray Bourque, another former Blue Inn Hockey Hall of Fame, said he and his wife were “honored to know such a great man who helped many others.” It was.
“The warmth, strength, and resilience he showed in the face of tragedy made him stand out,” said Sam Kennedy, president and chief executive officer of the Boston Red Sox. “His mantra was by no means the norm. His message resonates more strongly than ever with all of us in the Red Sox.”
Roy’s work as a fundraiser and motivational speaker was combined with his lasting optimism to make him a hero of other victims of SCI.
“Travis Roy, you were my friend, mentor, role model, and the most positive person I know,” said Minnesota, who remained paralyzed after a hockey clash. High school hockey star Jack Jabronski said on Twitter. “You have changed the SCI and hockey community forever. Thank you for taking the time to get to know each other.”
Denna Laing, who was paralyzed at the exhibition before the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, also tweeted her gratitude.
“Travis has done so many small and big things for so many people,” she writes. “This is rooted and really sad.”
Roy, the son of the main hockey rink manager who started skating at the age of 20, went to the North Yarmouth Academy and Tabor Academy before enrolling in BU. Both high schools name the links after him.
BU retired from Roy No. 24 in 1999. He graduated from school with a degree in communication next spring.
“I’m always thinking about how grateful I am,” Roy told AP five years ago. “Sometimes I think of it as’thank God for not having a brain injury.’I don’t want to be merciful.”
Among the players on the 1995-96 BU Terriers team were future NHLers Chris Drury, Jay Pandolfo, Shawn Bates and Mike Greer. John Hynes is currently the coach of the Nashville Predators. Coach Jack Parker has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the United States. Olympic hero Mike Eruzione was an assistant coach.
Roy said he had wondered what would happen if he hadn’t been injured.
“It can be a little fun to think about it,” he said. “It’s a little sad that I don’t know the answer.”