Ex-BC player Corey Griffin, 27, dies

Corey Griffin, a former hockey player for Boston College and Babson College who was in Nantucket raising funds for ALS research in honor of his friend Pete Frates, drowned early Sunday morning.

Griffin, 27, dove into the water from the "Juice Guys" building on Straight Wharf in Nantucket and drowned, according to police reports.

According to a police news release, "Witness stated Griffin had jumped off the Juice Guys building, at 44 Straight Wharf, into the water where he floated to the surface. Griffin then went under water again not resurfacing."

Griffin's father said that Corey was committed to helping his friend, Frates, raise awareness and funds for ALS research, and had just raised $100,000 for the cause.

Frates, a former Boston College baseball star who was diagnosed with ALS in the spring of 2012, is credited with creating The Ice Bucket Challenge along with friend and fellow ALS patient Pat Quinn of Yonkers, N.Y.

"He was so happy to be able to help him," Robert Griffin told the Globe.

Griffin played parts of three seasons on the Babson hockey team. Babson sent out a tweet expressing sorrow: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Corey Griffin '10. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Griffin Family. There are no words."

Griffin had spent his freshman year at Boston College and played with the Eagles.

In a statement, BC coach Jerry York said: "We were extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Corey. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."