It would have been understandable if Travis Boyd struggled this past week. Something more important was on his mind.
Boyd spent the week in the hospital with his daughter, Hayden, who had been experiencing pain in her throat. He spent the enitre week in the hospital, not leaving until Hershey's game against Laval.
Boyd turned this trial into something incredible as he scored four goals Friday in Hershey's 6-3 win.
Boyd spoke about the ordeal with Zach Fisch of the Bears Radio Network (transcription via RMNB).
“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”
Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.
We spent a long, hard, and sleepless week in the hospital caring for Hayden. Beyond thankful for a successful surgery, her amazing mother, all the support and for being able to score 4 goals for our little girl tonight! pic.twitter.com/76HDDfKHqH— Travis Boyd (@Tboyd93) February 17, 2018
A four-goal game at the AHL level would have been an incredible accomplishment on its own. The fact that it came during such a trying time for him makes this a truly inspirational story.
You can watch highlights of the game including all four of Boyd's goals here:
Other prospect notes:
- In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid. Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.
- Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
- As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game. “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”
Annapolis Mayor, Gavin Buckley; @NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly; US Naval Academy Superintendent, VADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter talk #StadiumSeries as the Ice Plant arrives and the rink build begins at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. #ALLCAPS https://t.co/tmPN3KE9Qh pic.twitter.com/H47XxlZQGf— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 20, 2018
- Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
- Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.