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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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The Boys are back

When I’m not working for my clients, my favourite thing to shoot is Ice Hockey. This sport is seriously awesome! The Fisherman has been playing for almost 20 years & I’ve barely missed a game in the 4 years we’ve been together. Late every Sunday night we head out to one of the few Sydney rinks & it’s often the highlight of my week.

The single most critical thing in sports photography is anticipating what will happen next. There’s nothing like nailing a shot of the puck hitting the net, or someone mid-air about to face plant into the ice.

The 2011 Ice Hockey season is only a couple of weeks away, so I thought I’d share a few of the highlights from 2010.

Ice Hockey Sydney Photographer: Pre game talkIce Hockey Sydney Photographer: Team huddle

Note the size of the crowd…that’s considered a full house!

Ice Hockey Sydney Photographer: Face OffIce Hockey Sydney Photographer: Game playIce Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: Game play

GOAL!!!!

Ice Hockey Sydney Photographer: GoalsIce Hockey Sydney Photographer: Hockey fightIce Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: Ice Hockey stacksIce Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: Goalie saveIce Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: Goals

It really amazes me sometimes they don’t get injured more often.

Ice Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: FaceplantIce Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: GoalIce Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: Game playIce Hockey Sydney Sports Photographer: Handshake

Good luck Kings!

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