My goals for every game are to capture key moments as well as a good photo of each player. This is in part for the parents and other out-of-town fans - but it's also for the players themselves. Who wouldn't want to see themselves in action? If their twitter avatars over the season is any indication, it's been a bit of a success.
But this doesn't work out every game for a number of reasons - someone gets in the way (many times the officials, sigh), the play is too far or too close for the lens to capture effectively, the player just does not get in a spot for a good photo, or the bench gets shortened before I get a good shot.
I went through the pictures that were posted over the season and chose one for each player.
Some of the photos were chosen because it's about the player, some are chosen because it's about the photo, and some are chosen for both. Making these choices is never easy and is largely based on how I felt at the moment. There are many photos I like out of the hundreds that have been taken over the year.
Here are 28 of them and my thoughts about the player or the photo or both. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
|Overager Daniel Broussard came to Ottawa pretty early in the season and was a quiet on-ice player - never too high, never seemingly too low - never got a sense of his emotions. A late season injury kept him sidelined for a while - we missed him for a good part of the playoffs. He managed to continue his studies at Guelph University during the season and may continue his hockey career playing there next season.|
|Follow Steven Janes during a game and you're likely to catch him flinging his big body at someone. Sometimes he connects and sometimes he doesn't. The other notable thing about photographing Steven is trying to get a picture of him without his tongue sticking out. I often thought that I would put together a montage of pictures of the faces he makes while playing.|
|I don't think it's possible to take a bad picture of Nicholas - he's one of those folks that the camera likes. He's a focused, intense player which comes through in his eyes.|
|Some players plan how they will celebrate their goals. Somehow I don't think this is what Remy had in mind as his signature celebration move. But it was a key goal as the 67's started to climb out of a 3-goal deficit.|
|If you've been following the blog, you already know my thoughts on Brett. He clearly punches (figuratively) above his weight class. I keep forgetting that this was his rookie season.|
|Taylor Fielding likes laying on the body but it's probably not a good idea to put your team mates, coach and equipment manager in harm's way doing it. Notice Chris' calm turn compared with how Marc Zanetti, equipment and all, is going for cover.|
|Ryan Shipley defending against an airborne Alex Aleardi. Ryan missed a lot games this year due to a foot injury. It was interesting to read Don Campbell's (Ottawa Citizen) musing about Ryan possibly seeking a trade out of Ottawa.|
|Overager Ben Dubois was the odd man out when Mike Cazzola came to town. He always looked intense with a mischievous edge.|
|I find it hard to get a read on most rookies as they tend to get less ice time and they take a while to make their mark. I mostly remember Sean for his feistiness.|
|In checking the stats, I was surprised to see that Mike is listed as having played 61 games this season. I like getting at least one "hockey card" type shot of each player each year - full shot, in motion, puck on the stick and head up.|
|David Walsh joined the team late in the season to add an extra body when needed. He saw action in 5 games including 1 playoff.|
|The wall boards behind David Perklin, Ottawa's first round draft pick, is an ad for Avis with the slogan (We) Try Harder. He was traded.|
And that's it for my season wrap-up from behind the lens. Next year it looks like we will be at Scotia Bank Place. It won't be as good to shoot there as it is at the Civic Centre. We are spoiled by great lighting (better than SBP), better access points and better glass to shoot through if you have to. But if everything works out well, I plan to be there next year to bring you pictures of the 67's home games. Hope you enjoyed this year's photos. Have a great off-season.