Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Real Men Wear Pink

Kudos to the Belleville Bulls for an outstanding event on Saturday night.

The Bulls joined other OHL teams like the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, Erie Otters and Plymouth Whalers by holding a Pink in the Rink night to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness.

The night was an unmitigated success thanks to the efforts of Kim, Bernie, Dave and Michelle in the Bulls' office along with a bunch of volunteers that helped out during he event.

There were a number of fund raising initiatives throughout the night, including some ticket sales, merchandise sales and a pass the bucket but the hit of the night was clearly the game-worn pink jerseys that the Bulls sported against the Saginaw Spirit.

They held a live auction after the game and brought in more than $35,000! That number blew away all expectations for the event from the Bulls and showed what kind of support there is from this community for the team.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Thanks for stopping by.
I started this blog to give me a place to share some of my photos and travels through the hockey (and NASCAR!) seasons.

If you are interested in sports photography, hopefully you will find some useful information along the way. I will do my best to put camera settings on the shots that I post to give you an idea of how they were shot. I'm still in learning mode myself (and likely will stay that way) and have found lots of information along the way that has helped me. Thanks to all of the other photogs that have been willing to share their expertise on http://www.sportsshooter.com/ and personal blogs.

In the meantime, here are a couple of my favourite shots and how they came about...

(Nikon D300 with 70-200 zoom at 120 mm / f2.8 / 1/500 s / 1000 ISO)

This is probably the one I like the best. It was shot on the catwalk at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium during the MasterCard Memorial Cup last May. Belleville Bulls' coach George Burnett was laying out a plan during a timeout and they went out and scored on the play. I love overheads when they give you a different look on something that you see all the time during games.

(Nikon D700 with 24-70 at 24mm / f2.8 / 1/25s / ISO 1600)

This was ScotiaBank Place just before the gold medal game at the World Junior Championships in Ottawa. The fans were passing around a huge Canadian flag in the lower bowl and the Canadian players had skated out for warm-up. The atmosphere was electric. I asked one of the ushers when was the last time he saw the building like that. He laughed and said "never - not even for the Stanley Cup playoffs."

It was very cool - especially after they won.