Photo originally posted by Boston University
Photo originally posted by the Boston Bruins.
Massachusetts Hockey joins in the hockey community in grieving the loss of the truly inspiring Travis Roy.
He passed away at 45 due to a complication from a procedure he needed to maintain the quality of life he was living as a quadriplegic.
At the age of 20, he was injured just 11 seconds into his first shift in a BU uniform in 1995. The accident left him paralyzed.
Travis will always be inspiring us after he turned his tragic injury into helping and being a role model for others.
In 1997, Roy started the Travis Roy Foundation. It’s an organization that helps spinal cord injury survivors and funds research into a cure. According to travisroyfoundation.org, the foundation has awarded more than $2 million in research grants. That money will help researchers determine how cells in the central nervous system communicate with one another in hopes of finding a cure.
He was also an honorary member of the Boston Bruins and an inspirational speaker. He would never let that injury define his life.
Our deepest condolences to his family and Friends.
We will provide more information when it becomes available.