The final image in my “Hockey Photo Of The Day” series. Petr Mrazek is a phenomenal goaltender. He led the Grand Rapids Griffins to the Calder Cup Championship in the 2012-2013 season. While photographing for the Milwaukee Admirals, I was able to snap this image of him making an incredible save. Just a few days after this shot was taken, Mrazek was called up to the Detroit Red Wings, for his first NHL start; which he won.
Former Fighting Saints forward Mike Szmatula reminds me a lot of the Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane, for many reasons; one of which is the mouthguard that was always dangling from his mouth. Mike now plays hockey for Northeastern University.
Apparently it’s a thing in the NHL too:
Hockey players generally have a pretty good sense of humor. Sometimes, you have to look closely to find it. When I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to photograph the Griffins, this is what I found on the bench:
Matt Benning taking the ice during the 2013 USHL Playoffs for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Benning was drafted in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, and currently is playing at Northeastern University.
Josh Robinson taking in some coaching from Mike Valley during an Elite Goalies session in Madison, WI. Josh is currently playing for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League.
A portrait of Scott Stajcer during warm ups in Greenville, South Carolina. Scott is currently playing for the Connecticut Whale, in the AHL.
St Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott takes a moment during an Elite Goalies camp. Brian takes time out of his summers to be a part of the camps that feature the next wave of goaltenders for College and Pro hockey.