Now for Something Completely Different!

Dressage. This is a graceful sport with horses and riders appearing to glide through movements like dancers. But Hockey is a very different matter. Last weekend we went to see a live hockey game in Belleville . Our daughter, Breanne, is the V.P. of Sales and Marketing for the Belleville Senators team. This is a professional American Hockey League (AHL) team. This team is the farm team for the National Hockey League (NHL) team the Ottawa Senators.

Our daughter got us seats right at the clear plastic “glass” at the side of the goal. Front row seats in a fast and furious game!. I wanted to take photos and Breanne showed me the little circular opening in the glass that I could put my lens through. She also said that the game is very fast and I would need to pay attention as a hockey puck could come flying through that circular opening and smash my lens to bits. That was the moment I decided I could just take photos through the glass and leave the opening to the professional photographer from Getty who looked like she could watch where the puck was and take photos at the same time.

Here is my husband, Grandson and son in law right at the front row.
The Face Off. The referee throws down the puck onto the ice and the players scramble to shoot it to one of their teammates.
There were no fights but there is a lot of super fast skating, pushing , shoving and slamming into the boards on the side of the ice. Sens are wearing white with B on the front. Comets are in red.
The Belleville Sens were up against the Utica Comets , Utica has not lost a game all season. But the Sens were not giving them an easy win.
Many of these players are young . The age of 19 is common.
The speed of the action is amazing. And none of these fellows are small in height or frame.

There are three periods in each game. In the 3rd period the score was Utica 3 Sens 0 .Then I looked at the goal in front of me . The Sens goalie was gone ! The coach had pulled the goalie and another player would be on. This is a last ditch attempt to get a goal.

And the action went up to the other end, to the Utica Goal.

Here they are all in place to defend or to get that puck into the goal ! And the Sens did it!
Since the Sens are the hometown team a blasting fog horn announces the goal and the score is displayed on the Jumbotron.

The Utica Comets won the game but the Sens made them work for it. It was a very exciting game. I know little about hockey but I had a grand time . I have already mentioned how lightening fast this game is. Here is a video to show you that I was not exaggerating.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. J.W.S. says:

    Wise words from pythons flying circus.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes I loved Monty Python!

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  2. Lovely action photos. You bad to concentrate a lot while taking them.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. It is much faster than taking photos of horses so that was the first challenge and the other challenge is I had to keep track of where they were and where the puck was so I would know if a good shot was coming up. However I was very pleased with what I got and there were many more good shots that I did not use in the blog post. Thanks for commenting!

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      1. I also had to take action photos for my photography course. I went to the local school hockey day. It goes very fast. Then I also took action photos at skate boarding, wew, those are fast. (I’m just a novice but learned a lot.)

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        1. anne leueen says:

          It is a lot of fun and I bet the skate boarding was fun too. Photography is a challenge but it has great rewards too.

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          1. I love to focus on something or challenges and then go for it full on. The photography course was hard but I enjoyed every moment of it. Those skate boarders move so fast you can hardly keep up with them.

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          2. anne leueen says:

            BRAVO πŸŽ‰I think that is the way to go!

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  3. Elaine says:

    Great action photos from what looks a really fast game! Thank you for sharing your lovely day out x x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. Thank you for commenting.

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  4. Michele Lee says:

    Great shots, Anne! Hockey is fun to watch, especially live.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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  5. Great action shots!

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  6. David says:

    It is a fast game, even at the youth hockey level. One of our cousins had her three boys play in youth hockey, and came down for the President’s Day Hockey Tournament from the Denver area. The tournament featured teams from Texas to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. They skate fast at that level too. The hits were hard too. The officials made sure there was no fighting since the teams were all kids.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      To be honest some of the players in the Belleville Sens AHL team look like kids to me. But they are pretty big for kids I think it is just some of them still have very young faces. I think there is less fighting in professional hockey now which is a relief. Thanks for commenting David.

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  7. Diana says:

    How FUN!! It is such a fast game and to have the best seats. I love the video too… Too bad the home to team lost, but at least they tried very hard and gave them a run for their money!! I went to one hockey game in my life back in the 70’s with my horse trainer I worked for and he was Canadian and loved hockey. It was a pregame and a bunch of us went together, (I forget what they call the practice game) but fun to watch in person. 🀩

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes the sound of the states on the ice and the players shouting to one another and the crashing into the boards makes it much more exciting than watching on TV.

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  8. Roadtirement says:

    Great photos of something that is, yes, completely different from dressage. And having read the post title, even before I opened the post, the theme to Monty Python’s Flying Circus came into my head. Still there as I write this! And did I say how great your action shots are?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! It was a challenge to get those action shots. I certainly had to up my shutter speed. But it was a lot of fun to be so close to the action.

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  9. For such a fast game, you did great photos πŸ˜‰

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Ribana. I had to up my shutter p speed for sure.

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