The Boston Bruins will be wearing a commemorative TR24 decal on the back of their helmets throughout the 2020-21 NHL season in memory of Travis Roy who died in October 2020.
Roy, a hockey player with Boston University, became paralyzed after just 11 seconds into his first shift for the college team in 1995 when he crashed headfirst into the boards after bodychecking a player from North Dakota. In the years since he became a motivational speaker and an advocate of spinal cord injury sufferers.
“The Boston Bruins are proud to join Boston University this upcoming season in honouring the courageous and inspirational life of Travis Roy,” Boston Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said in the official team release. “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.”
The decal shows Roy’s initials “TR” along with his number 24 presented in a Collegiate style font within a red and white circle in Boston University’s red, white, and black colour scheme.