Hey, hey, hey. For the 3rd year in a row I've returned to Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis for the US Pond Hockey Championships. This time last year this tournament was the only hockey I was shooting. This year it's way different now that I'm shooting Wild games. This tournament isn't an afterthought to me though, it'll always have a special place in my heart. Last year was when I decided that I really needed to make a push with my photography and the USPHC was the first event that really helped spark that. I'll always be thankful that it's held annually and will always try to make time for it, even if it's limited.
I'm putting a full album on my Facebook page (which you should totally like if you like seeing Minnesota Wild photos) so feel free to look through there, tag yourself, etc. I didn't watermark them so please tag my FB page as credit, it's much appreciated.
So Sunday I always try to cover the women's division since it's the only day they play. After the women's championship ended, I switched a lens over to my main camera and stepped over the boards, but the problem is I didn't step high enough...my poor lens. As my friend Jimmy said on Facebook, it's a "respectable battle wound." I decided that my luck was bad enough for the day and didn't want to push it further because I had already been hit by a puck once so the last thing I needed was a puck to the lens, so I left before the Open Championship. Sorry!
Alright, that's it for me. The All Star Break for the NHL is finally over so it's back to business as usual. Feb. 10th I'll be at Williams Arena for more Gopher basketball, then I'll be at Xcel the next day. See you then!
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1D Mark II
70-200 f/2.8 L
24-105 f/4 L