Travis Roy made a lasting impact not just on the hockey world, but in raising awareness and money for those who had suffered spinal cord injuries.
The Bruins announced on Wednesday that they will honor Roy, who passed away in October at age 45, by joining the Boston University men's and women's hockey teams in wearing a "TR24" emblem on their helmets this season.
Roy was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first shift at BU in 1995 when he crashed awkwardly into the boards and devoted the rest of his life to helping others with spinal cord injuries, including founding the Travis Roy Foundation in 1997. His number 24 was retired by BU in 1999.
"The Boston Bruins are proud to join Boston University this upcoming season in honoring the courageous and inspirational life of Travis Roy," said Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs. "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."
"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."
Apparel featuring the TR24 logo is available for purchase through Boston University, with all proceeds benefitting the Travis Roy Foundation. Go to GoTerriers.com/TR24 to visit the online store.