The Big Z Challenge is an annual charity event hosted by Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer, the official reconstructive and cosmetic dentist to the Boston Bruins.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara participates in the event, giving local fans a chance to meet “The Big Z” and have a once in a lifetime experience. Funds raised at the event are donated to the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation and designated to benefit Elliot Heath System Pediatrics.  Each year, over $10,000 has been raised and donated to provide new equipment, along with necessary funds to continue to provide the best care for children in need.The Big Z Challenge features an actual “challenge” where younger fans face off against Chara, in a hockey related activity, such as a street hockey shooting competition or a one-on-one air-hockey game. Participants are awarded with exclusive prizes including tickets to Boston Bruins home games, autographed memorabilia, and more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available each year for the event, and include an exclusive VIP reception prior to the event, along with other great incentives. Tickets to the event are very limited, to create a more intimate event where fans get some real one-on-one time with Chara.