Popular philanthropist and former American college ice hockey player, Travis Troy is dead.

The sad news of his death was made public through a Facebook post shared about a few moments ago by Pre-Pep Showcase:

“Today we lost a great friend and supporter of the Pre-Prep Showcase® with the passing of Travis Roy. He had such a positive impact on so many people. We will certainly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roy Family”

The cause of Travis Roy death was not made known.

He was a former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed just 11 seconds into his first collegiate game.

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Roy attended Yarmouth High School as a freshman, then transferred to nearby North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) in order to pursue an athletic scholarship. Roy transferred again and graduated from Tabor Academy and received an ice hockey scholarship to Boston University (College of Communication, Class of 2000).

On October 20, 1995 – just eleven seconds into his first-ever shift for Boston University men’s ice hockey team – a 20-year-old Roy slid head-first into the boards after University of North Dakota player Mitch Vig avoided Roy’s cheek.

The awkward impact with the boards resulted in Roy’s cracking his fourth and fifth vertebra and leaving him a quadriplegic.

Since the accident, he has regained movement in his right arm.

In 1998, the glacier of the North Yarmouth Academy was named “Travis Roy Arena” in his honor.

His T-shirt number 00 also retired from NYA. It hangs next to the ferries, next to Eric Weinrich No. 7 – the only numbers retired by the NYA.

In October 1999, Roy No. 24 retired and moved to Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena ferries, which are now housed at BU’s Agganis Arena. Roy was the only BU hockey player to receive the Retirement Number award, while his former coach Jack E. Parker received the award in 2014.