By Donya Abramo
Travis Boyd had an incredible four-goal game on Friday, which helped secure a 6-3 win for the Hershey Bears over Laval Rocket. The night marked Boyd’s second AHL career hat trick and fourth career multi-point game.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Boyd dedicated his milestone game to his daughter, Hayden.
“We spent a long, hard, and sleepless week in the hospital caring for Hayden,” Boyd said in his Tweet. “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!”
Along with the message, Boyd tweeted a photo of his goal pucks along with his hospital ID bracelet.
Though at first the reason Hayden underwent surgery was undisclosed, Boyd spoke in more detail with Zack Fisch, the Voice of the Bears, on the Bears Radio Network, ahead of the game against the Belleville Senators Saturday night.
“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester. I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning,” Boyd told Fisch. “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.”
That Boyd was able to pull off such a dominant performance with all of this weighing on him is nothing short of incredible. Speaking to that pressure, Boyd said, “It was a long week, but really just quite unbelievable that I was able to go out and score four goals after the week I had and after everything that, not just myself, but my girlfriend and Hayden went through. A memorable night and so happy and ready to get back to it here.”
Tallying four goals during the game was an unexpected but welcome development, for both Boyd and Bears fans alike.
“I said before the game to myself if I could score a goal that would be fantastic. I got the one in the first and somehow I was lucky enough to have three of them follow,” Boyd said. “There is definitely a higher power that was helping me last night. Truly crazy and definitely a night I will never forget.”
Of course, Boyd wasn’t the only one surprised by his four-goal game. Afterwards, several players asked Boyd when the last time he’d tallied four goals in one game was.
“I think in high school I had one four-goal game. I know I had a few back in peewees. It’s definitely been a while,” Boyd admitted. “It doesn’t happen very often so you always remember them and like I said, given everything that preceded last night’s game really just made last night even more special.”
We’re wishing all the best to Boyd, his family, and Hayden for a continued and speedy recovery.
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
Transcription by Cara Bahniuk
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