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Remembering Travis Roy

Travis Roy was paralyzed after crashing into the boards in his first 11 seconds of playing college hockey. He spent the next 20 years of his life helping others.
Travis Roy speaks to a group of students.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Update: This story was originally done by Caroline Cornish in 2016 when Travis Roy spoke to students in Kennebunk.  This week he passed away at the age of 45.

Travis Roy has always been someone with lofty goals.

As a kid growing up in Yarmouth, he dreamed of playing Division One hockey, playing in the NHL and then playing in the Olympics.

His life totally changed on October 20th, 1995 when - just 11 seconds into his first game with national champion Boston University - he crashed into the boards and became paralyzed.

Since then, Roy has worked tirelessly to help others with spinal cord injuries through the Travis Roy Foundation. He speaks at schools all over the country, encouraging students to have compassion and goals.

In May 2017, he was both inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and will receive an honorary degree from his alma mater, Boston University.

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