When the Bruins take the ice for the first time Thursday night and throughout the 2021 season, they’ll be honoring Travis Roy.
Roy, a former Boston University hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury 11 seconds into his first collegiate shift in 1995, died in October.
The 45-year-old Roy, a native of Yarmouth, turned his accident into his life’s work becoming a motivational speaker and a fundraiser to help provide equipment to disabled individuals and became a beloved and influential figure in the disabled community and the hockey community, especially in New England.
The Bruins, like the BU men’s and women’s hockey teams, will wear TR24 emblems this season.
“The Boston Bruins are proud to join Boston University this upcoming season in honoring the courageous and inspirational life of Travis Roy,” Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said in the Bruins statement announcing their participation. “I am forever grateful for having had the opportunity to call Travis a friend and will never forget the lessons his life’s journey taught us all. Travis’s profound legacy will always be remembered within the Bruins locker room and in hockey rinks across the world.”
Roy’s parents added a joint statement.
“When Travis felt the tap on his shoulder from Coach Parker signaling his turn to take the ice for BU, it was the best moment of his life,” said Travis Roy’s parents Brenda and Lee. “Years of hard work and dedication were about to pay off – his lifelong dream was coming true. Twenty years later, the Bruins offered Travis a one-day contract and asked him to drop the ceremonial pregame puck. He was honored and humbled to do so. Fans from around New England were present on both occasions cheering him on. It was their love and support that gave Travis the courage and motivation to move forward under the most difficult of circumstances. Travis never wanted to let these fans down, and, with their support, he lived a life of purpose and impact even he never dreamed possible. We thank BU, the Bruins and sports’ fans throughout New England for loving and supporting our son and the Travis Roy Foundation.”
By Matt Vautour, Masslive.com