Saturday, March 3, 2007

The Box

Hockey is one of the more difficult sports to shoot. You have to have special access, sometimes special gear and always a fast eye. The sport itself screams by at a furious pace on any level and on the minor league and pro levels it's faster at ice level than you can imagine. One of the things that makes or breaks a hockey shooter is position.

There are lots of positions at different arenas. Some have holes cut in the glass or boards, others have elevated positions and some you can shoot straight down from the rafters. But at the CenturyTel Center we have a box at center ice for our main position. It's situated between the team benches and has no glass. Its great to shoot open ice hits and fights and occasionally provides a nice view of the goal. But you have to pay attention to what's going on in the game or you can get hurt pretty easily. I have had a few close calls with flying pucks, but here is a series of photos I made during tonight's game.


Val Horvath 3/04/2007 10:42 AM  

Life is crazy in The Box. The puck has missed my head by inches, hockey sticks have come flying in my direction, etc. It is also an adventure just to get to The Box, as we have to climb over a railing and navigate darkness and wires and dropped food and the underside of the bleachers.

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