The Junior Bean Pot


McKenzie Faherty

Since 1952, four colleges in Boston battle it out in an annual hockey tournament; The Bean Pot. Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, and Harvard all go head-to-head at the TD Garden on the first two Monday nights in February. For the last five years, the top four Eastern Mass boys’ hockey teams have had their own mini “Junior Bean Pot.” This year the four teams were all high schools; Brookline, Newton North, Lexington, and Bishop Feehan. The tournament also doubles as a fundraising event to help those who suffer spinal cord injuries and honors Travis Roy. Our very own 2022 boys hockey team participated, and won, this year’s tournament. 


On January 14, 2022, the boys easily took their first big win of 5-2 vs Newton North. Senior, Ryan Deveney, scored a goal for the ‘rocks along with junior, Tyler Slack, scoring his first varsity goal and junior, Thomas Franzosa, with a gnarly hat trick! The next day, the team had to get ready for their big tilt in the championship vs Brookline. Coming in clutch for that 3-1 win, we had junior, Jonathan L’Esperance, junior, George Besarick, and another one from junior, Thomas Franzosa scoring for the shamrocks! Senior, Ethan Bairos was recognized as the player of the game! In a very physical and tough match up with Brookline, we are proud enough to celebrate with the boys on their first big Bean Pot win! 


On the first day of the tournament, there was an opening ceremony for the Pot led by Brookline’s Jacob Gurdin and his mom. They brought all four teams out on the ice to talk about the main reasons for the tournament and emphasized their thanks to everyone involved. The Gurdin’s touched upon their gratitude toward the donations and an extended thank you to coach Franzosa for organizing the ice time. The hockey community is a wonderful thing and we congratulate Jacob on his wonderful accomplishments. Good job to the boys, keep making us proud!