Tom Smith was paralyzed after suffering a spinal injury playing the sport he loves. Now he’s hoping to revolutionize hockey with a simple idea that could prevent countless injuries.
Like Boston University’s Travis Roy and Norwood High School’s Matt Brown, Smith was paralyzed after colliding headfirst into the boards. Now, he’s trying to prevent that from happening again while educating others so no one will ever have to go through what the three of them have endured. Smith has developed hockey’s first-ever warning track, which will alert players that they are approaching the boards and help them keep their heads up.
Smith hopes his orange “Look-Up Line” will one day be featured in every rink around the world, and he’s on his way to reaching his dream, as Hockey East implemented the warning track for its Frozen Fenway games.
Check out the above video to hear more from Smith.