Travis Roy never got the chance to sign with the NHL after a devastating accident 11 seconds into his first game playing for Boston University left him paralyzed below the neck. Until Monday night.
Before Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Boston Bruins signed Roy to a one-day contract. Then, he dropped the ceremonial puck:
October 20 marks 20 years since Roy’s injury. Since that fall on the ice, in which he slid head-first into the boards and broke a vertebrae, Roy has started the Travis Roy Foundation to help those suffering from spinal cord injuries.
“This city doesn’t forget its athletes whether they are legends who played their entire careers here or whether they played 11 seconds as a freshman,’’ Roy told WBZ-TV. “We live in a special place and I get to witness it every day.’’