So after a lengthy conversation (read 3 text messages), it was decided I should write my own copy to the images I create.
Heaven help us all.
First off, I am not a writer. I believe capitalization should be optional and three periods not only encompass a regulation hockey game, but also link thoughts and sentences together.
English majors may want to look away now – or just check out the pictures.
This is my second year shooting for InGoal Magazine, so every time I step into a hockey arena, I feel blessed for the opportunity I’m given. I will never take this for granted.
November 2, 2013 found me at Rogers Arena, preparing to shoot the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks. Before the game however, the Canucks planned to raise Pavel Bure’s #10 to the rafters. I needed to get shots of this. How often does one get the opportunity to cover a rocket launch? Exactly.
The calm before the storm.
Always a good time when these folks are in town!
If you weren’t there, I hope you watched on TV. It was a fantastic ceremony and a nostalgic look back at the electrifying career of one of the most talented Canucks to ever lace the skates. It is more than fitting that Bure now resides high above ice level, beside Smyl, Linden and Naslund.
Vancouver Canuck GM Mike Gillis addresses the crowd while introducing Pavel Bure
Pavel Bure thanks friends, family and the fans for support through the years.
With the ceremony out of the way, Rogers Arena, as to be expected, was rocking. The crowd, loud and boisterous an, the Canucks obviously jacked up on rocket fuel. Vancouver took the game to the Leafs, out shooting them 11-0 and leading 1-0 before the game was nine minutes old. Only James Reimer kept the score from being run up. I counted no less than four amazing saves in the first three minutes alone. It took a bank shot off the rear end of Daniel Sedin to break the goose-eggs.
Cross crease pad save to rob Higgins of a goal
Backside pass, nothing but net.
The only push back from the Leafs came in the form of some chippy play and a couple of fights. The Colton Orr / Tom Sestito bout was particularly memorable. I call it a draw.
I consider this a 3 round fight.
Final Score 4-0 Canucks. Luongo with 21 saves for the shutout. Reimer ended the night with 43 saves on 47 attempts.
Luongo with 21 saves for the shutout
This day though, belonged to the Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure.
#10. Forever A Canuck.
Pavel Bure commemorative booklet given to those in attendance.
Pavel Bure, Forever a Canuck.
Rest of the images:
Jim Hughson played the part of MC perfectly.
Captain Sedin looks high above as the Rockets highlights play
Bure waves to the crowd at the end of his speech
With that, his number is raised to the roof
The last time the Leafs were in town, this fan was still in diapers.
James Reimer looking for a hole through the screen.
Ryan Kesler, beast mode.
Save of the year candidate.
Another save of the year candidate
Backside, nothing but net.
Dion Phaneuf. No sign of Elisha sadly.
A player I cheer for, Paul Ranger
Lupul, one of the prettiest men in hockey.
Fin. I love fin. I miss Finion though.
David Clarkson gives good face.
Dion poke checking
Ding – Ding
Sestito vs Orr
Round 1, Sestito
Round 2, Orr
James Reimer. This IS a Goalie Mag, afterall!
Bure fans, as one would imagine, were everywhere
Troy Brodie gets spitty wit it.
See! Clarkson gives good face. I don’t make this stuff up!
Roberto Luongo, shoulder checker. Drives very safely. No blind spots with him!
Luo making one of his 21 saves on the night
Luo gets by with a little help from his friends
Phil Kessel on the breakout
Things started to get punchy as the night wore on
Optimus Reimer. Love it.
Night is never complete without a jumping D Sedin
Dion with another poke. Still no sign of Elisha. I know you are waiting for it though.
Would the night be complete without another look at JR?
Or more pushing and shoving?
Or Elisha’s hubby?
High Blocker save.
Or another Canuck Goal?
Is anything sadder than face painted dejection?
Second shutout of the season for Luongo.
Games 1st star. Daniel Sedin.