Travis Roy, who was paralyzed by an injury on his first shift playing for Boston University in 1995 and became a celebrated motivational speaker, died Thursday, his foundation announced. He was 45.
Roy cracked his fourth vertebra and damaged his spinal cord 11 seconds into a game Oct. 20, 1995. The injury left him confined to a wheelchair but he spent the next 25 years raising money for paralysis research.
“I want the next generation, my niece and nephews, not to have to see their friends go through this,” Roy told USCHO in 2015. “I want to be a part of putting an end to paralysis.”
Boston University said it was mourning Roy’s passing.
“His story is the epitome of inspiration and courage, and he was a role model and a hero to so many people,” a school statement said. “Travis’ work and dedication towards helping fellow spinal cord-injury survivors is nothing short of amazing. His legacy will last forever, not just within the Boston University community, but with the countless lives he has impacted across the country. Our sincere thoughts are with his wonderful family as well as his vast support group of friends and colleagues.”
This story will be updated.
Read more on Roy in USCHO’s archives:
Dec. 3, 1997: Travis
Jan. 21, 1998: Travis Roy Autobiography Hits Shelves