Boston Charity Beanpot Challenge Photography by Walpole Event Photographer, Dan Busler

Eleven Seconds – the book by Travis Roy about his life and his accident during his first shift of his first ice hockey game for Boston University.

A few years ago I got to meet Travis at one of his speaking engagements that i was photographing for Dell Computer. Since that day as one of Travis Roy Foundation’s volunteers I’ve been lucky enough to photograph many of the events the  foundation holds throughout the year.

The Charity Beanpot Challenge is a hockey game .. well actually two hockey games held each year at BU’s Agganis Arena. The teams are made up of ice hockey players who skate each week and some who may only skate a few times a year. But they are all there to honor and help support the efforts of Travis Roy Foundation. Some went to BU with Travis and some are from the corporate world.

Travis watches from the sideline and the players flock to spend time with him before, during and after the games.

I’ll let this slideshow  video give you a better look at the games and the day.

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Boston Event Photography by Walpole Event Photographer, Dan Busler – 2013 Charity Beanpot Challenge

Each year former college ice hockey players and members of the corporate business community come together on the afternoon of Boston’s Beanpot Tournament at Boston University’s Agganis Arena to play some hockey at the Charity Beanpot Challenge The event has raised over $ 600,000 to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation and the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation. Learn more here


Walpole High School Senior Photography by Walpole Senior Photographer, Dan Busler – Ally Russo 2013 Senior

Ally is a defenseman on her high school ice hockey team and runs cross country.

Travis Roy Foundation / Franciscan Hospital for Children Wiffle Ball Tournament {Event}

Sometimes when I am photographing an event like the Travis Roy Foundation – Franciscan Hospital for Children annual Wiffle Ball Tournament which was held at WAKE Field in Brighton MA on May 19, 2012, I feel as if  it should be called ” There go I too – but for the grace of God” … day.


The event brought together teams from law firms, banks and consulting groups for a day filled with fun and laughter.
But the worthy cause they support at this event is never far from their minds . For this game is played on the grounds of Franciscan Hospital. And as we looked up to the windows of the hospital we could see the faces of the children – full of smiles and hope that they too would one day run and play.

We all do what we can for – “There go I too – but for the grace of God” 

Please support the Travis Roy Foundation and the Franciscan Hospital for Children.

Raffle prizes included an autographed football from New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick .

 Players included Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown – seen here with Travis Roy

 Comedian Lenny Clarke congratulates the Senator

 Travis Roy watching the game from his wheelchair.

The Travis Roy Beanpot Challenge {A Hockey Game}

I had the honor to photograph The Travis Roy Beanpot Challenge – a charity hockey tournament to benefit The Travis Roy Foundation and Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation. The annual event was held at the Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University – Boston MA on February 13, 2012.

The event is held the same day as “The Beanpot” a hockey tournament when four Boston rivals ( Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern University) duke it out for bragging rights.  It is a wicked pissah day of hockey.

But this was a special day for me as well because I was able to invite my Son to the tournament as my second shooter. 

The hockey at the Travis Roy event was excellent.  Even Jack Parker, Boston University’s famous hockey head coach made an appearance on the bench to give the players some words of encouragement.

After the hockey we all went to the Boston Garden for a player reception and to enjoy “The Beanpot” that evening.

Travis Roy is the author of ” The Eleven Seconds” which is his story of hockey, his injury and his quest to help others.

Learn more at

Boston Event Photography By Walpole Event Photographer, Dan Busler { Travis Roy Foundation Eleven Seconds that Changed his World }

Probably one of the worst smells I know is that of the locker room of a Boys ice hockey team.  Gastly! And yet, it is a sweet smell to the players (and their proud Moms and Dads) I can assure you. 

Every day … beginning at 5:00 AM – you will find thousands of young girls and boys on the ice … practicing and working toward that day when they too can step out on the ice and hear the crowd cheer their name.

Travis Roy was one of these boys … it was his dream … it was his Dad’s dream for him as well that he would one day play ice hockey for Boston University. That’s the team that went to the Olympics and won the gold medal.  

All the hours of practice paid off and the day came, Travis was selected to play for Boston University.  He must have walked into that arena … for that first game, maybe more frightened than proud … maybe more nauseous than confident .. but he knew that he deserved to be there.

He played for Boston University for eleven seconds that first day … his first game for BU and he suffered an injury that broke his neck. 

His Father must have come down from the stands … stood at the glass … watched Travis as he lay on the ice … then he came out on the ice (as he had done thousands of times over the years) to encourage Travis to “get up Buddy … we’ve got a game to play” But Travis couldn’t get up, he couldn’t move … Travis just looked up at his Dad and said ” We made it Dad!,  I’m playing for BU ! ”

Both of my kids are ice hockey players. I know the smell of that locker room, the early mornings, the quiet conversations on the way to the rink, the happy conversations when they won and the encouraging conversations when they lost. The fear that they would be injured, the way that I yelled during the games with the other Dads … and Moms (the Moms are animals! when they get angry!) . 

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a corporate gathering where Travis Roy was the guest speaker.  I arrived at 7:45AM to scope the place out … and then found out that Travis was speaking.  I had a decision to make, I knew that my Son would want to meet Travis, to share his love of ice hockey with him and let him know that he thought of him virtually everytime that he stepped on the ice.

So, I texted my Son … “Hey Travis Roy is speaking at this event that I’m photographing … you can come …”  I know that he didn’t believe me that he would be able to come … but I’m also guessing that he was throwing on clothes and flying out the door as we texted a few more lines to each other.

My Son is a NeuroSurgical Nurse Practitioner at a major Boston hospital … he has a first edition of Travis’ book … I think he bought it the day that it came out in 1998, he brought that copy of Travis’ book with him that day.

My Son listened to Travis’ words  … he could relate to them. He was honored to be there, he was there to honor Travis actually.
Here are a few images of my Son speaking with Travis.  

My Son tells me that he told Travis that he went into Neurosurgery because of him.

Travis smiled, signed my Son’s copy of his book, then Travis invited my Son to lunch.

Eleven seconds changed Travis’ life and meeting Travis changed my Son’s and mine.

Here’s a short slideshow / video – which includes still photography and video clips from the day.

Happy Birthday Christine – 2011

February 17, 2011 is my Daughter Christine’s Birthday

So I’m taking the liberty to post my video tribute to my Fav Girl, my little Sk8rGurl

Christine’s an ice hockey player, actress, redhead , comedian, “copper top” , friend, life saver, photographer, … Daughter

The video is just a glimpse.

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