As the hours and days go by, more news filters in about former college hockey players caught in this week’s horrific mess.
Former Boston University defenseman Mark Krys, who played for the Terriers from 1987-91, escaped with his life, evacuating one of the World Trade Center Twin Towers before it crumbled in the aftermath of Tuesday’s terrorist attack.
According to a story in the Canadian Press, the Timmins, Ont., native went from the 60th floor to the 44th just moments before the first plane hit, heading to get a cup of coffee. Being closer to the ground may have saved his life.
“I didn’t know anything,” Krys said in the article. “I just heard a huge bang. Debris and fire went shooting across our window. When we saw that, we knew
something was wrong.”
Meanwhile, former Union defenseman Bill Moody was in his office at Goldman Sachs just two blocks when the attacks occured. He was on the phone with his family to tell them he was fine, when the line went dead as the Twin Towers began to crumble. Moody, who played at Union from 1993-97, was finally heard from again hours later.
Krys, 32, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 1988. He recently concluded a 10-year career in the AHL, IHL and Europe, and was working as a bond trader.
“I saw people jumping out of the building. There was panic,” Krys said to the Canadian Press. “People were going in every direction. No one knew what was going on. There was paper and debris and fire balls flying everywhere.”
Krys said he took the elevator down, but didn’t stop to watch the building burn. Instead he was trying to contact his family, but couldn’t, so he walked down to the ferry and took it across the Hudson River and home to New Jersey as fast as he could.
Krys was a senior when Mark Bavis was a sophomore for the Terriers. Bavis was on one of the planes that was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board.