I have been really busy shooting Carleton Ravens hockey this fall, so I have not done as much minor hockey was would normally be the case. I probably should have posted some of these photos earlier. I have done some competitive (Ottawa Sting, Gloucester Rangers) and some house league (Bytown League and Nepean Minor Hockey Association). Anyway, here is a collection of some of my favourite minor hockey shots from the first half of the 2012 season.
The lead image is from a game between the Ottawa Sting and Gloucester Rangers at the Minor Bantam AA level. I have done two games for this team this season. The Sting have two female goalies on their roster. This shows just how far girls hockey has come. While there is no action in this shot as the play moved up the ice, I love the intensity and concentration in the eyes. This shot is from a Game in early December at Kilrea Arena.
Next up is the other Sting goalie. This shot was taken in a game in early November at Sandy Hill Arena. The humidity was high that evening and there was a pronounced film on the glass. It was tough to get good shots with nice contrast.
And one more Sting photo. This play lead to a nice goal against Rideau St. Lawrence.
Next up are some images from the Bytown Minor Hockey League, BMHL The BMHL consistent of 5 associations. These are the West End Hockey League (WEHL), Ottawa Centre, Ottawa East, Canterbury, and South End. My own kids play in the WEHL. I have shot PeeWee and Midget level games so far this season.
In a midget game betwen the WEHL team in white and Ottawa Centre team in red, the play in the above image developed with a neutral zone turn over almost leading to a breakaway. The defenseman in red is making a nice recovery to stop the potential breakaway.
In the next image of the sequence, you can see that the defender was able to make contact with the puck. I ended up making a four shot sequence and turned it into a series of posts on the dunnePhoto facebook page. I posted one image from the sequence per day for five consecutive days. It was almost like a mini contest, allowing readers to guess what was going to happen. I won’t repeat the whole sequence here, but the offensive player in white ultimately gained control of the puck while sliding along the ice. Unfortunately he ran out of room … and ran into the goalie. A further irony to this story is that the goalie played one game for the WEHL team in white a few weeks earlier, under the emergency goalie rule.
The final set of images come from the Nepean Minor Hockey Association. One of their Atom A team hired me to do some game actions shots, as well as on on ice team photo. Check out this little guy for Nepean in white, as the goalie managed to get one final shove at the player, pushing him into the post.
And a few seconds later, the player “headed” to the bench. Ouch! It turned out that he was fine, no concusion or anything, but a little shaken up for a few minutes. He didn’t miss a shift.
And here is the team photo, taken at the end of a practice. The team staff were looking for something more interesting that the standard league team photo.
Here is the complete gallery with the images from this article and a few extras. Click on any thumbnail to view the image and complete slide show.