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 Charity Event Photography by Walpole Charity Event Photographer, Dan Busler {Travis Roy Foundation}

A few years ago I was lucky enough to get involved with Travis Roy and Travis Roy Foundation. 

Travis Roy – The Eleven Seconds 

Today I am proud to be one of Travis Roy Foundation’s photographers. 

Here is a fusion slideshow / video that I recently created using some of my own images & video clips and images from others. 

It gives us a look at some of the people who have been instrumental in supporting the foundation and those who have benefited.

Travis Roy Foundation – Helping People Move Forward

Travis Roy Foundation Spring Fling {Event}

It was such a gala atmosphere the evening of the recent Travis Roy Foundation Spring Fling which was held on April 21st at the beautiful Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston MA.

Everyone was in a party mood from the moment they arrived.  I started photographing the people just enjoying the night and Everyone wanted a picture with Travis.  I kept going up to Travis after a few shots and saying “have you had enough?” … but he just said “let’s keep going”.  I think it must be tough to be that popular.

Then it was time to head into the main ballroom for some serious celebrating!
 But first Travis took a moment to thank his Foundation’s supporters for all of their help.  His mission and that of the Travis Roy Foundation is a personal crusade for Travis and he made it clear that what they have accomplished with their help has changed so many lives.

The band for the evening was MIdnight Goggles  and the crowd loved them. ( As you can plainly see from the images) .


Now I will typically take some photos of the food … but I have to say that I simply forgot.  You see, I was too busy enjoying the super – fabulous – incredible desserts !  That and trying to capture images of the crowd who were having a great time!

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.

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Travis Roy Foundation / Francisican Hospital for Children – Wiffle Ball Tournament

The First Annual Travis Roy Foundation / Franciscan Hospital for Children Wiffle Ball Tournament was held at Wake Field in Brighton, MA on June 18, 2011. Everyone had a great time supporting this worthy cause. It was as awesome day!

Ok, that’s my official first paragraph.  But to be candid, it was a blast to be there and volunteer to photograph the event. It was also sad and happy and “eye-opening”.

The event was held on the tiny wiffle ball field behind the hospital which is named after Boston Red Sox player Tim Wakfield .

It was sad to see the children and adults in wheelchairs, happy to see all the corporate sponsers and their teams hitting that whiffle ball with a yellow plastic bat. Eye-opening to hear Travis Roy during his opening remarks say “I would like to be on the field with you, maybe one day I will”.

(footnote – Travis was injured during the first 11 seconds of his college ice hockey career) \

OH!  and it was delicious.  The food – hamburgers, hotdogs, etc was … Excellent!

Here’s a video look at the day.,

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.