Griffin died on Aug. 16, 2014 at the age of 27 in a diving accident on Nantucket. His premature passing was all the more tragic considering Griffin had spent the summer raising money for ALS awareness as one of the founders of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Boyle, Griffin and Ice Bucket Challenge leader Pete Frates all knew each other from their time as athletes at Boston College, where they also hung out with future pro athletes Matt Ryan and Jared Dudley. Griffin’s death left the BC athletics community reeling, especially Boyle. The forward joined the Tampa Bay Lightning last year, and he chose to wear No. 11 on his jersey in memory of Griffin.
Former BC hockey player Jimmy Hayes is following in Boyle’s footsteps. Hayes was traded to the Bruins this summer, and like Boyle, he will now wear No. 11 for Griffin.