Beanpot Challenge on Feb. 8 to benefit former Princeton women’s player Denna Laing

The Ninth Annual Charity Beanpot Challenge will be held by the Travis Roy Foundation and the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation on Monday, Feb. 8, at Boston University’s Agganis Arena and the TD Garden.

A minimum of $50,000 of the proceeds will be set aside as a coming home fund for Denna Laing.

Laing, a former Princeton player, was playing in an outdoor game Dec. 31 for the Boston Pride against the Montreal Canadiennes and crashed into the boards during the game, suffering a spinal cord injury.

A total of 67 players have registered to take part in the 2016 Charity Beanpot Challenge. Each participant will play in one of the two casual scrimmages on the Monday afternoon of the Beanpot finals. Following the scrimmages, each player receives a ticket to the Garden View Suite at the TD Garden to watch the Beanpot consolation and final games.

“The Charity Beanpot Challenge has turned into one of our most successful fundraisers, as the continued generosity of the hockey community is amazing,” said Travis Roy, founder of the Travis Roy Foundation, which helps support those who have spinal cord injuries live healthy and productive lives, both through research and individual grants. “This will be an especially meaningful year as we will be raising money in part for Denna Laing. The short and long-term medical expenses for Denna will be significant, and like the rest of the hockey community, we are proud to help make her life a little easier.”

In order to participate in the event, all players are required to raise funds for the Travis Roy Foundation and the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation through online fundraising pages. Since its inception, the charity event has raised over $1 million for the two charities.

The Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation was created after Bavis, a former Terrier and NHL scout, lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001. The organization provides opportunities for deserving young men and women to experiences that are similar to those that contributed to making Bavis the person that he was, such as academic scholarships and extracurricular activities.

To make a donation, or to learn more about the Charity Beanpot Challenge, visit


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