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Revenge of The Kings

While it’s hardly the national sport, Ice Hockey is bigger in Australia than most people realise. That said, about 75% of the players are ex-pat Americans, Canadians & Europeans :)

A bit of background info, The Fisherman has been playing hockey for almost 20 years, and in our 5 seasons together, I’ve been to almost every game. I’ve spent the last 3 years shooting from the bench with the boys and despite one close call; I’ve never been hit with the puck!

At the end of the season, I spend the better part of a week sorting through thousands upon thousands of photos to put together a 20 minute slideshow for the end of year party.

Here are some of the highlights of 2011! (If you missed my favourite photos from 2010, check them out).

Sydney Sports Photographer: Team HuddleSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Face OffSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Game Play

The butterfly save

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Goalie Save

Plenty of stacks

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Stacks

Pure focus

Sydney Sport Photographer: GoalieSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Game PlaySydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Playing the puckSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Game play

There were plenty of fights, but they mostly only make sense as a series

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: FightSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Game playSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: OutnumberedSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Canterbury Ice Kings

I’m sure all the fella’s will cringe at this :)

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Hockey skate in the crotch

Having shot easily 100 games, I’ve become pretty good at anticipating what’s going to happen next. Here’s a goal from the Semi Final – the wind up, the goalie going down, and the celebration that followed. They were pretty excited to say the least!

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Semi Final GoalSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Semi Final GoalSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Animated Goal Celebration

Apparently #67 thought he was pretty hard done by for getting penalised for tripping here. Seems pretty clear cut to me!

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Tripping

The Semi Final came down to this goal in double overtime. The Kings were the underdogs much of the season, and gave the Eagles quite the upset.

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Overtime tie breakerSydney Ice Hockey Photographer:

The Grand Final wasn’t meant to be however. Down 3-0 in the last period, The Kings scored with 15 seconds on the clock. My favourite thing about this shot; is while the goal scorer is celebrating in the background, the captain’s immediate reaction is to check the time left on the clock.

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Captain looking at clockSydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Grand Final Loss

Some are happier than others with their silver medal :)

Sydney Ice Hockey Photographer: Silver Medalists

Here’s a trailer I put together as a teaser a few days before the party (I know it’s super cheesy, but that’s what makes it awesome!).

Congratulations to the Ice Kings for another awesome year.  My boys did me very proud!

Bring on 2012!!!!

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  1. heather October 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    This team is sure lucky to have your expertise as a photographer available to them! Great photos capturing the action perfectly!

  2. JESSIE October 30, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Hockey Players Rule! Awesome work.

  3. Chantal October 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Haha first off, that trailer is amazing. Secondly, this does not look easy to do! I’m really impressed– and especially love the after goal shot! Awesome.

  4. ALMA October 31, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    SYDNEY ICE HOCKEY?? Awesome!

  5. kit October 31, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Wow! That tripping shot is visceral! Great capture! For me, sport photography seems the most challenging- you have to be ready for THE shot at any moment! These are great! I bet your man and his teammates love these.

  6. Samantha October 31, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Sweet, gotta love hockey!

  7. Anton Chia October 31, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Great coverage Kellee!

  8. Cafe Chick October 31, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Great shots! I’ve never been to a live ice hockey game but am amazed by the lightning pace at which it is played – making the sharpness of your pics even more spectacular.

  9. porter October 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    these are awesome! great coverage!

  10. Cassie Rose November 1, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Nice work! That’s so awesome that you’re such a huge support for him (and them)!

  11. James Murphy November 1, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Some great action shots! Well done!

  12. Albert Palmer November 1, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    I’ve never been to a hockey game, but damn it looks fun!

  13. Nessa K November 1, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    I bet these guys were so stoked to see these! I don’t know much about sports even now, but I was a sports photographer for a while and it was such a fun job. :)

  14. ryan chan November 2, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    LOVE Hockey! Some really great shots in here – the boys must have liked them.

    Oh, and it isn’t a hockey game without at least one fight! ;-)