Every photographer has something they absolutely love to shoot, that never EVER feels like work to them. And inside that goal lies something they want more than anything. My answer to the first part is “hockey”, and my answer to the second part is “USA Hockey“. Well this past December 28, I was given an assignment by USA Hockey Magazine to photograph the USA vs Canada women’s exhibition game in St Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center). The assignment was to get photographs of the referee/linesman crew for the magazine, and action shots from the game.
To be completely honest, I was honored. The argument could be made that it’s just an assignment – but it’s photographing the OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM for cryin’ out loud. 5-hour drive each way? No problem; happy to do it.
So upon arriving, I met with Bruce Kluckhohn, who photographs for the Wild, and he assigned me one of the windows in the glass, which is where I shot for the warmups and the first two periods. The only problem with that is that it has to be done from a kneeling position, and was really tough on the knees. For the first part of the third period I was walking around on the first deck, shooting from the entrances/isles. Then for the last 10 minutes of the third I was down at an unassigned window by the glass … which means I was there for the shootout as well.
*note* Any time I shoot out-of-state, the game will go into at least overtime, and most often, into a shootout.
So below are some of the images that I got from the game. Warmups were from the Team Canada end of the ice.
I guess what you look for from every shoot is a few images that make you think “Yep, I certainly nailed that one” or “That image is one of my best to date“. Walking away with a number of those from one shoot makes me incredibly happy; and having that one shoot be for an organization that I one day hope to work for, in USA Hockey, makes it that much more gratifying. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just a few weeks away, and I couldn’t be more proud of what I produced for USA Hockey Magazine.