The Boston sports community received heartbreaking news on Thursday. Boston University hockey player Travis Roy was paralyzed in just 11 seconds during his first match with the terrier at the age of 45.
Local schools, teams and athletes responded to the deaths of people who inspired so many people.
Roy received a bachelor’s degree in 2000 and an honorary degree in 2016. At Boston University, Roy said that Roy’s work was “unmatched.”
The Boston University track team said in a statement: “We mourn the passing of Travis Roy with a deep heart.” “His story is the epitome of inspiration and courage, and he is a role model and hero for many people. Travis̵
@BUAthletics said in a statement: “We mourn the passing of Travis Roy with a deep heart.” “His story is the epitome of inspiration and courage. He is a role model and hero for many people. His legacy Will continue forever…” https://t.co/ow1DADKHFo
-Boston University (@BU_Tweets) October 29, 2020
Jerry York, the chief coach of BU’s rival Boston College, acknowledged Roy’s influence.
York said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Travis Roy.” Travis has overcome obstacles and is committed to improving the lives of others. He will continue to be a source of inspiration for all of us. May he rest in peace. “
Roy was also honored for a pair of blues legends.
“Travis Roy is the ultimate symbol of determination and courage,” Bruins President Cam Neely said in a statement. “Travis has an immeasurable impact on the New England ice hockey world, and his tireless advocacy for spinal cord research is encouraging. The Bruins asked the Roy family, the Travis Roy Foundation, Boston University and everyone who knew And those who love Travis Roy express their sincere condolences.”
Ray Bourque wrote on Twitter: “Christian and I are sad to hear that our good friend Travis Roy has passed away.” “We are very happy to meet this. A great man, he has helped many others. Our family expresses sincere condolences to Roy’s family and everyone touched by Travis. May he rest in peace.”
Christiane and I are sorry to hear that our good friend Travis Roy has passed away. We are very happy to meet such a great gentleman who has helped many others. Our family expresses our sincere condolences to everyone moved by the Roy family and Travis. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/8OnofdisJC
-Ray Bourque (@RayBourque77) October 29, 2020
Bruin signed a one-day contract with Roy on October 20, 2015 (the 20th anniversary of the day of the injury), which made him honor Bruin.
Denna Laing suffered a severe spinal cord injury in the 2016 Boston Pride Outdoor Women’s Classic. He called Thursday’s news “challenging.”
Lane wrote: “Travis has done a lot of small and big things for so many people.” “It’s really sad. When I was still in the hospital, Travis visited me and has been providing great help for my recovery. Great support. Wow. #ThankYouTravis”
Travis has done a lot of small and big things for so many people. This is really timid, really sad. When I was in the hospital, Travis visited me and has been providing great support for my recovery. Wow. #ThankYouTravis pic.twitter.com/a3xLwxhTC6
-Denna Laing (@dlaing14) October 29, 2020
Former Bruce Milan Lucic, who is currently a member of the Calgary Fires, also remembers Roy.
Lucic shared a “sad experience in the hockey world” on Twitter. “I am very happy to meet another great and inspiring person. RIP Travis.”
-Milan Lucic (@27MilanLucic) October 29, 2020
The captain of the American Olympic ice hockey team miracle hockey team, Winthrop person Mike Eruzione remembers his BU alumni and friends on Twitter.
“The day after I heard that Travis Roy died, he was a very special person,” Eruzione wrote. “He has devoted his life to helping many people. He has raised a lot of money for people suffering from spinal cord injuries and suffering. He will be missed, but his spirit and smile will always be remembered by my friends.”
He was a very special person to hear about the sad days after Travis Roy’s death. He devoted his life to helping many people. Raised a lot of money for people suffering from spinal cord injuries and suffering. He will be missed, but his spirit and smile will always be remembered. RIP my friend https://t.co/iy3HgwTtBt
-MIKE ERUZIONE (@MERUZIONE) October 29, 2020
Outside the hockey world, Roy’s influence was also felt.
Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy said: “Anyone is surprised that hockey players will have such a big impact on a baseball team. I have never seen Travis Roy’s privileges.” “In the face of tragedy, he showed his warmth and strength And toughness makes him different. His mantra is to ignore everything, and his message resonates with all of us in the Red Sox, stronger than ever.
“We will miss his spirit. His presence in Spring Training and Fenway Park every year and his infectious smile make everyone he meets energetic. When we consider honoring Travis and continuing his charitable legacy We express our deepest condolences to the Roy family tonight.”
Statement by Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy on the death of Travis Roy: pic.twitter.com/NFZC5acHV0
-Red Sox (@RedSox) October 30, 2020
Eric LeGrand, who played football at Rutgers, was paralyzed by an injury in a game in 2010, and he promised to continue Roy’s legacy.
Le Grand wrote on Twitter: “RIP Travis Roy”. “I will continue our mission here to find a cure for paralysis. Thank you very much (“Travis Roy Foundation”).”
RIP Travis Roy, I will continue our mission here to find a cure for paralysis. Thank you very much @TRFoundation pic.twitter.com/VLRjtmEtD6
-Eric LeGrand (@ EricLeGrand52) October 29, 2020
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