Hockey…Hockey…Hockey!

Congratulations Dundas Real McCoy's on your 2014 Allan Cup Victory! The entire week was full of energy from the volunteers, organizers and teams. I had a great time shooting for Hamilton Scores "The voice of the #HamOnt amateur sport community". All my photographs from the event can be viewed at www.Presentitphoto.com (Direct Link-2014 Allan Cup) Please enjoy my favourite picks from the tournament.

Last year I posted about the Real McCoy's because they sponsored the newly added Atom Select team. Since adopted by the DMHA they were known as the Dundas Jr. Real McCoy's. Being part of a small community it is nice to have the boys mentored by an amazing group of local hockey players. The McCoy's sponsored the boys who were in hockey limbo and gave time to run a very special practice. Read More: They Sure Are the Real McCoy  | Hockey Links

Real_McCoys_HelpOn a personal note, my little guy tried out for rep that year and didn't make it. The coach of the Atom Selects was a former Real McCoy's player giving his time to share the love of the game. A wonderful parent network and commitment to the team led to lifetime experiences for our boys. These moments add growth to our children and deepens the ambition to be better hockey players. In my sons case, he wanted to try out for the rep team again. Once again he didn't make it. In light of some events he was asked to join the team. He had a great hockey year and the team building experiences are unforgettable. Now that hockey tryouts are around the corner, he has come to play. The Allan Cup Championship game has momentum that is inspiring to a young athlete. Mentorship is not only a one time moment, it is an ongoing connection and relationship.

The feedback from the 2014 Allan Cup by community members give a sense of loyalty and pride. I am pleased to present this video from the Championship day!

It was an extremely busy week. Just coming out of the OBA's in Windsor my computer hard drive failed. Creative Technologies in Burlington has worked hard to get me up and running. I hope to have a newly revised machine by the end of the week. Now among all that my daughter caught that awful hacking cold and was off school all week, my son had multiple sports-lessons and his birthday celebrations, I was shooting tons of hockey, my colleague from the Syracuse Crunch was in town to shoot the Bulldogs and I was hosting Easter Dinner.  Needless to say I stopped to smell the roses in the beautiful flower bouquet from by sweetheart. Ahhhhhhhhh got it all done though! 

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As I wind down from hockey season, I will be processing the last of the images and putting together a portfolio specific to hockey.  Dave Black, SI photographer said my football is strong, but where is all the hockey? If I'm from Canada I should have more hockey in my portfolio. Well ya gotta listen and do when someone like Dave gives you advice. OH and I am very excited...no wait jumpy excited to meet with Dave Sandford-NHL photographer to gain some valuable photographic advice. It's kinda funny because I first met Dave Sandford back in 1997 at an event I was running. Yesterday when I was going through some photos I found this one one of a future NHL'r from the Whitby area. Jason Ward played in the OLA Celebrity Lacrosse Challenge. Here he is with NHL greats (L-R backrow: Adam Foot, Gary Roberts, Jason Ward, Joe Nieuwendyk, Colin Patterson. L-R Front Row: Darren Pang, Doug Gilmore, Brendan Shanahan, Stan Johnathan) all played lacrosse to improve their hockey skills.

At the time I was the Marketing Director for the OLA. I was just starting out as a photographer back then on film and we hired a professional photographer for the event to take the team shots. Such a small world to come full circle, live in a small town, support our local team and find a photo with some history.  Photo: Real McCoy, Jason Ward (1997) and NHL Celebrities

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The Hamilton Bulldogs (1) finished their season with a loss to the Syracuse Crunch (3) on April 20th, 2014 at FirstOntario Centre. Shout Out: Thank you Brandon Taylor, Hamilton Bulldogs photographer for sharing the glass and strobes all season. From beginning to end, it was so much fun to work with you.

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Photo: Hamilton Bulldog, Mike Blunden fires one off at the Syracuse in the final game of the season. View Photos Here: http://presentitphoto.com/hamilton_bulldogs

One last shout out...THANK YOU DMHA for the feedback on the 2013- 2014 Yearbook. The positive response and the enjoyment the membership has shared has been overwhelming. It is always a lot of work for all the volunteers and community to gather and submit the images and content, but they did an amazing job! Amy Yanover, DMHA Sponsorship bent over backwards to keep the deadlines and we accomplished amazing things together as a team. It is a true pleasure to design and include my own photographs for the Dundas hockey community to enjoy for a lifetime. "The yearbooks are great...very glossy, colourful and professional! Thank you!"..."Awesome yearbook cover!"..."The yearbook is awesome and a great keepsake for our family..."Best Yearbook EVER!!!"...

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Real McCoys Pick Up 2nd Allan Cup Win

Source: Larry Robertson (Hamilton Scores)

DUNDAS—Ryan Christie was everywhere – even trapped on his back in the Bentley Generals net – as the Dundas Real McCoys skated to a 6-2 victory in the second day of preliminary round play in the 2014 Allan Cup Hockey Tournament Tuesday night (April 15) at the JL Grightmire Arena.

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The Dundas Real McCoys score, en route to a 6-2 victory over Bentley Generals on Tuesday night at the Grightmire Arena. 

Earlier in the day, Clarenville Newfoundland and Labrador Caribous defeated Kenora Thistles, 5-2.Dundas leads preliminary play with two wins.

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On Wednesday (April 16) in preliminary round play, Brantford Blast takes on Clarenville at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Generals- South East Prairie Thunder contest at 7:30 p.m.

Christie with all his rambunctious play finished the night with a shorthanded goal and an assist, and six minutes in penalties.

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On the scoreboard, Greg Stewart led the Dundas attack with a pair of goals including a shorthanded one, while Justin Davis had a goal and two assists. Nick Smith and Scott Mifsud added single goals. Simon Mangos set up two of the Real McCoys goals.

Kyle Bailey scored both of the Bentley goals, one on a shorthanded play.

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In the earlier game, Martin Lapointe became the hero rather than the goat for Clarenville as he returned from a high sticking penalty to score the insurance goal in the Caribous’ victory over Kenora.

Lapointe was sent off at 10:35 of the third period, and Kenora turned up the heat on Clarenville, only to turn over the puck on the Clarenville blueline to Doug O’Brien. O’Brien in turn flipped the puck over a Kenora defender as Lapointe raced from the penalty box for open ice and the loose puck, which he corralled and fired past Tyler Gordon in the Kenora goal.

The counter gave the Caribous a 4-2 lead and deflated the Thistles. Luke Gallant scored into an empty net on an unassisted play to complete the Caribous scoring with 24 seconds left.

Rodi Short, Cam Fergus, and Gallant collected a goal and an assist each with Ryan Desrosiers and Lapointe adding single goals. Peter Campbell set up two of the Clarenville scoring plays.

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Schedule and Results

Monday, April 14 Kenora vs. Brantford 4 – 5 South East vs. Dundas 3 – 4

Tuesday, April 15 Clarenville vs. Kenora 5 – 2 Dundas vs. Bentley 6 – 2

Wednesday, April 16 Brantford vs. Clarenville 3:30pm Bentley vs. South East 7:30pm

Thursday, April 17 Quarterfinals Quarterfinals

Friday, April 18 Semifinals Semifinals

Saturday, April 19 Championship Final 3pm (TSN)

(all times are EDT)

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Dundas, Brantford Open Allan Cup with Wins

Source: Larry Robertson (Hamilton Scores) DUNDAS—Cam Watson’s unassisted goal from a goalmouth scramble in the third period gave the host Dundas Real McCoys a 4-3 opening round 2014 Allan Cup Hockey Tournament win over the South East Prairie Thunder Monday night in the JL Grightmire Arena. _RLW7322 Dundas’ Cam Watson celebrates his game winning goal.  Earlier in the day, the Brantford Blast edged Kenora Thistles, 5-4, to open week-long series to determine Canada’s best Senior hockey club. Dundas takes on Bentley Generals from Red Deer, Alberta at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Playing at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday are Clarenville Newfoundland and Labrador Caribous against Kenora. Brantford’s next game is Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. against Clarenville. All games will be played at the Grightmire Arena. _RLW8361 The crowd takes in the 2014 Allan Cup tournament at the JL Grightmire Arena. The tournament continues at the Grightmire through Friday. On Monday night, the Real McCoys had to shake off a penalty shot goal by the Thunder’s Ryan St Laurent. Both teams were even after two periods at 3-3 when Watson scored the game-winner off a rebound. The McCoys outshot South East Prairie, 29-21. _RLW8810 Jordan Foreman, Simon Mangos on a powerplay, and Nick Smith rounded out the Dundas scoring, while Ryan Christie and Jason Ward set up two McCoys goals each. Brad Purdie and Shea Hamilton had the other Thunder goals. All three of the South East Prairie goals were unassisted and the Thunder failed to score on five powerplay opportunities, while Dundas was one for six. _RLW8908 Joel Prpic paced the Brantford attack with a pair of goals while Chris Leveille added a goal and an assist. Mike Burgoyne (shorthanded) and Dave Russell added single goals. _RLW8431 Kenora’s lineup featured two former Real McCoys – TJ Sakaluk and Dan Pitre, both of whom were released by Dundas at the Ontario Hockey Association’s Jan. 10 cutdown date. Sakaluk picked a goal for Kenora while Pitre was held pointless. Rob Lawrence, Jesse Baraniuk on a powerplay, and Sean McAslan scored for the Thistles.

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Radiant Athlete Refocuses My Attention

The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games were held last week on Feb.21st, 2014 at First Ontario Centre (Copps Coliseum). I really enjoyed meeting Track Star, Meaghan Rice from St. Marys. I used to love Track and Field and found Meaghan to be a multi talented athlete.  When I met Meaghan, she was talking to herself by the high jump pit. I immediately saw the big "M" on her sweatshirt and asked if she was from St. Marys.

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Proud to say she was a Crusader and really enjoys the pentathlon. As a photographer I zoned in because I want to photograph a variety of events. I missed Meaghan's gold winning performance in shot put. She threw an 8.9m on her last throw to win. I was excited to watch Meaghan's next event, high jump. She cleared the bar for a personal best at 1.50m, as she celebrates with her coach. Unfortunately, Ms. Rice did not place in long jump. I am certain there will be more great Track and Field results from Meaghan Rice in the future. (It was nice to see some of the McMaster Students out of uniform volunteering their time to help with the meet too!)

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Funny story! When I was in middle school, I trained with Athlete's International. I begged my parents for a high jump shoe...yes just one shoe OMG-LOL! Then when high school came I trained with a javelin and discus. My neighbor's dog would play catch with me....just kidding! So many styles of high jump.  The Fosbury Flop, Scissors and I don't know what some of these other ones are.

Highjump2Congratulations Katrina Kerekesch from Highland High School in Dundas with a first place jump of 4.39m.

longjumpWith all the Canadian hockey love during the Olympics, it helped me to produce the 2013-2014 DMHA yearbook. It is always a lot of work for all the volunteers and community to gather and submit the images and content, but they did an amazing job! Special shoutout to Amy Yanover who in my professional opinion was a dream to work with! The yearbooks will be distributed on March 22nd at the Dundas Minor Hockey Association Championship Day!

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Natalie Achonwa plays her final home game of the season on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at the University of Notre Dame, IN. I love American NCAA Basketball and a good roadtrip. Can't wait to see Natalie in action on the court against North Carolina. 

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Friday, February 28th I will be back in Hamilton to photograph the Bulldogs take on some Monsters from Lake Erie. Joonas Natinnen pins the Marlies for Lucky girl to get a quick click! 

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The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s 2014 women’s basketball champions will be decided Feb. 27-March 1 at Mohawk College.

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Sponsored Moments in Play!

I love a clean background because it always makes the subject in play stand out. Sometimes you don't have a choice when photographing in public venues. There is a lot of sponsor signage and team logos everywhere. When covering the game you have to take the action where it's happening.

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Once in a while you get lucky when something amazing happens - framed up, locked into the play and it all just works.

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And then sometimes you just have to laugh! Referees and other interference in photographing sports is inevitable. The way I look at it is, it makes me more agile and creative in my shooting.  

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Silence is a beautiful thing! Be patient and wait for that right moment. Go early and stay late is just part of a photographers business hours.

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Sponsors spend an enormous amount of money to keep our athletic programs and athletes active. It takes a lot of work to get sponsors and even more effort to keep them. My marketing background makes me hypersensitive to appreciating and valuing great sponsors. 

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When photographing minor sports in recreational facilities positioning is critical to get the shot. Signage around the venue can add character to your photograph, bring depth and tell a story. A photo is worth a thousand words!

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Most wall art is balanced around the gym floor. Team logos are generally behind the endlines and pennants/banners may hang from the ceiling. It is important to know your angles to prepare yourself for the frame. 

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Messaging and call to action is important in efficient signage. With great branding just a glimpse of a logo can stimulate a viewer to act!

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Support the Allan Cup on April 14th-20th at J.L. Grightmire Arena, Dundas, Ontario

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Dundas Blues Bobbleheads

Sometimes in the middle of the night you get up with a great idea. Not sure how to implement it, but a concept you want to experiment and have fun with. Well I just did that! The Nikon Fisheye 10.5mm 1:2.8 lens has given me some extraordinary results this year. I wanted to do a composite where the kids could give me some really silly expressions. The DMHA Dundas Blues team was just up for that challenge. Even the coaches got in on the action...Although I had to hunt a few down [TeeHeeHee], they were great sports. Movember is a very good time to get that real grunge look too. I really didn't know how I was going to pull it together. The shoot was really fast...like an assembly line. I used my favorite Westcott Ice Light, reflector and remote flash. The images were all extracted on the Wacom Cintiq tablet and various filters were used in photoshop to finish the The Dundas Blues Bobblehead Composite.  

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I still enjoy the traditional team photo...I just like to add a little more character to make it different. Thanks Al & Jeff!

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"Zamboni" The Coldwater Community Centre in Orillia was beaming with character! 

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Something you don't know! When my little guy first started playing hockey he wouldn't get out of bed, he would sit on the ice, he would not listen and misbehave. Yes we still got up at 5am for the 6'O'clock practices. We stuck with it and it was our son's decision to try out for rep. We were skeptical and he was not ready. He didn't make the team that year, but had an AMAZING season playing select hockey. The next year came and he wanted to try out again. More prepared and focused-YAY he made the team. He never gave up and loves to play hockey. In his first year playing I took some snaps of him on the ice. I didn't know the people helping him would be his coaches today! Back then you were just a guy on the ice. Your photo hung in my son's room for years. Proud to call you coach today. Thanks Denis!

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Goals Few and Far Between for School Day Bulldogs

Source: Bulldogs Communications (Hamilton Scores)

For a fifth straight game, the Hamilton Bulldogs had little to show for their efforts and sent home more than 12,000 disappointed fans after dropping a 3-1 American Hockey League decision to the visiting Rochester Americans on Wednesday (Nov. 13).

But the one positive outcome of the School Day Game (the opening faceoff was at 10 a.m.) at Copps Coliseum was Bulldogs’ rookie forward Sven Andrighetto scoring in a fourth consecutive game.

School day fans cheer on the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

The loss left Hamilton with a 5-6-0-3 record while their North Division rivals improved their first place standing with a 6-3-2-2 record. Despite the five straight setbacks Hamilton sits third in the division, just three points back of the Amerks. Hamilton has scored one goal in each of its last three games.

Rochester got a pair of goals from Luke Adam – his 10th and 11th of the season – and a single marker from Phil Varone.

Andrighetto notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 after one period of play.

After a scoreless second period, Adam scored just 23 seconds into the third period. His second goal was into a net vacated by goaltender Dustin Tokarski for an extra attacker.

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Tokarski made 33 saves on 35 shots for the Bulldogs and his counterpart, Matt Hackett, stopped 26 shots.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Americans went 1-for-6.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday (Nov. 15), when the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche) visit Copps for a 7:30 p.m. game.

And for that game, the Bulldogs should have forward Gabriel Dumont and defenceman Greg Pateryn in their lineup. The two were returned to Hamilton from the Montreal Canadiens after a callup to the National Hockey League team.

Over 12,000 filled the stands at Copps on Wednesday. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Dumont has been held pointless in two games with Montreal this season. In 12 games with Hamilton this season he has four assists.

Pateryn has not dressed with Montreal this season. He has played in seven games with Hamilton this season, recording seven points (three goals, four assists) and eight penalty minutes.

Scoring summary

1st Period: 1. RCH – Phil Varone (4) – (Unassisted) – 5:02 2. HAM – Sven Andrighetto (7) – (Mike Blunden, Martin St. Pierre) – 14:20

2nd Period: No scoring

3rd Period: 3. RCH – Luke Adam (10) – (Kevin Sundher, Mike Zigomanis) – 0:23 4. RCH – Luke Adam (11) – (Jamie Tardif, Phil Varone) – 19:41 (EN, PP)

Shots:

Rochester: 14-8-14–36 Hamilton: 10-9-8–27

Attendance: 12,185

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Hamilton Bulldogs Organization and Photographer Brandon Taylor for the invitation to photographs such an energizing event!  What a real life experience field trip to go to an AHL game with 12K+ of your peers...On a school day....YAY! I tried to get around as much as possible to photograph all the amazing Bulldog posters and the fans. I only wish I could have photographed them all. My personal growth lesson for day was to challenge myself by shooting strobe the entire game on ice level. That meant no 4oo from the birds nest or rapid fire. Sometimes changing the camera settings from crowd shots to action was a challenge. Brandon is tremendously encouraging and really fun to shoot with. I focused more than usual on ambiance of the event and specifically the crowd.  I was in AWE!!!! Copps Coliseum SHOOOOOOOOK with the kids making noise...I think the girls won LOL! I hope you feel the energy when you watch the highlights of the game from my perspective.  Get out to a Hamilton Bulldog game...It would be nice to see that energy again and everyone cheering for great hockey!!! Go Dawgs! Ok so it wasn't a victory, but the kids celebrated like it was! Hamilton Bulldogs (1) vs Rochester Americans (3) at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton on November 13, 2013

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What Can I learn Today?

Let’s get personal…Could I do better…Yes!  I may be my biggest critic, but I put myself out there everyday with fear of failure. I focus, I’m determined, but really I’m nervous. I think it’s just human nature to be scared of the unknown-worried to disappoint. How do you get better if you don’t take risks? Life lesson from my daughter today http://www.hamiltonscores.com/2013/10/16/no-camp-fire-sing-songs-basketball-hopeful-had-a-ball/

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I recently put together my Sports & Industrial Accreditation for PPOC-Professional Photographers of Canada. It’s my first time applying and it is really hard to get your “Accreditation”-AND it should be, these are the best of the best photographers who are experts in their field. I wanted to show my versatility of sport shooting. In 1996, I bought my first professional camera body for the World Cup Lacrosse. It was film and compared to today’s standards, it’s hard to get a great digital copy. Because these were my first publications I felt it necessary to include them.

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Oh what a learning week! I’m used to shooting a certain way, but I am always trying to streamline my workflow. I set myself apart from other photographers with my creative post process abilities. I love seeing something in an image and making art out of it, but that’s when you have time.  The Dundas Museum and Archives with Carnegie Gallery asked for submissions for “My Dundas”. Dyment’s Farm and The Peak are two of my most favorite places. I shot a panoramic of Dyment’s Farm for their 125th Celebration Cookbook. I had a hard time getting it printed and framed properly because of the irregular size, but I think the end result is fabulous. Again trying a new print process, I had “Train Below The Peak” printed on a 20x30 pearlescent paper. I’d say it certainly makes an impact.

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I tested out the Nikon 300mm/f2.8 and D4 at the DMHA-Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Fundraiser.  Full image gallery coming soon! Still in love with my D3s, but salivating over the 300mm lens. OMG $$$$$-But so worth it!  I am very grateful to be a member of NPS, but forgot to look at time and date metadata on the D4. Argh, it was set for another country, so sorting images is a nightmare.  Oh not to mention ran out of space on my computer and accidentally deleted my Lr file :(

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Brandon Taylor-Hamilton Bulldogs Team Photographer invited me to photograph the Home Opener at Copps Coliseum. It was such a privilege to work with Brandon. “You’re not afraid of heights?” he asks. To the catwalk we go and turn on the strobes. I have never used strobes in Copps Coliseum and wasn’t sure if my PocketWizard TT1 would sync. Did a few test shots with the fisheye above “Et Voila!”

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So going back to the unknown. Brandon was kind enough to share his strobes. So we split the ice, therefore shooting half the game. I've never shot this way and was terrified of triggering his strobes or interfering with his photography. There were many moments that I wanted to poach on his end because I had a great shot…No worries, I was pretty timid. Using the 400mm at center ice has its advantages, especially with goalie shots and an angle above that you can't get on the boards at ice level.

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OK remember I’m human and I don’t know the venue. So you know those paper media passes they give you, like the Golden Ticket to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Mine fell off…Phew I eventually found it, but I could get into the media room without it. It didn’t help that I don’t know my way around the facility. Got the bugs worked out by the end of the night. I now know Copps Coliseum from the top of the catwalk to the basement parking lot. 

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For the rest of the game I worked around ice hotspots, reflections, sticky fingers and smudges on the glass. Went back to the way I normally photograph-Fast and Furious. Got some great shots of the fans, had an awesome time and can’t wait to shoot again! Now for those who know me, I was supposed to photograph the Calder Cup last year with Scott Thomas-Syracuse Crunch Team Photographer. On my way down for game seven, but didn't get there because it ended in game 6...Arghhhhh! Hey just gonna put it out there...Team Photographer for Hire! Yup Right Here! 

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Click To View Full Gallery:10-11-13 St. John IceCaps (2) vs Hamilton Bulldogs (3) Home Opener at Copps Coliseum Top Shots on G+ Album [Here]  First Hockey Game this Season wooohooo! Check out this Video-What Great Hockey Mentors! DMHA | October 3, 2013 | J.L. Grightmire Arena | Dundas, Ontario: The Hamilton Bulldogs assisted the fundraising efforts of the DMHA by playing a preseason game against the Utica Comets. The fundraising event was full of hockey action, fan fun and special prizes. More: http://aerialpromotions.ca/home/2013/10/04/bulldogs-shutout-comets-in-dundas/

Now I'm off to make fairy tales happen with a little princess called "Bella" and some more hockey up north.

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Bulldogs Shutout Comets in Dundas

Source: Bulldogs Communication | Hamilton Scores | October 3rd, 2013 | J.L. Grightmire Arena

Hamilton Bulldogs rookie forward Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal of the game at 3:57 of the second period to lift the ‘Dogs to a 1-0 pre-season win over new division rivals, the Utica Comets, Thursday (Oct 3) evening at J.L. Grightmire Market Street Arena in Dundas, Ontario.

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Things opened slowly in the first period. The excitement of the opening frame was a fight between Hamilton forward Jordan Owens and Utica forward David Pacan. Owens dropped Comets forward Alex Friesen with a big hit at the Utica blueline before Pacan stepped in looking to settle the score. After one, the two teams were scoreless.

Fight Owens

Andrighetto scored the only goal of the night nearly four minutes into the second period when he ripped a feed from defenceman Nathan Beaulieu off the post and in.

Rookie Goal

Utica pressed hard to tie in the third period, but Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who replaced starter Robert Mayer midway through the second, held the fort for the Bulldogs.

Mayer and Tokarski combined to make 28 saves for the shutout. Joacim Eriksson played the entire game for Utica, making 19 saves on 20 shots.

Hamilton Bulldogs Goalie

Hamilton went 0-for-4 on the power play. Utica went 0-for-2.

Scoring Summary

1st Period: No scoring

2nd Period: HAM – Sven Andrighetto – (Nathan Beaulieu) – 3:57

3rd Period: No scoring

Great times in Dundas last night! A Big Thank You to the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for assisting the DMHA in their fundraising efforts. Congratulations Bulldogs on your 1-0 win over The Utica Comets.

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