Hockey: the iPhone edition

This weekend the peeps got together with some friends and attended a local, minor league hockey game. While not on the same level of excitement as a pro team game, we all had a good time.

There was the zamboni – always a favorite – and the obligatory fights. Gloves and helmets flying, and a few sticks broken, but no bench clearing melee. The highlight of the evening was the wiener dog race. For which, several of my online friends severely chastised me for not getting a video. In my defense, when seeing a photo opp, my mind instantly thinks ‘camera,’ not video, so maybe next time…

Since cameras aren’t allowed inside the arena, all of this weekend’s shots were taken with my iPhone. Not the best quality, but still some fun memories of a great evening. An added bonus was our home team winning 4-1.

True story: Hubs and I attended several hockey games before either of our kids showed an interest in joining us. Our daughter was already in high school when she went to her first game. She was under the impression that zambonis were small, closer to the size of a riding lawn mover and not a Hummer on steroids. It was love at first sight. On that night, she decided her life’s ambition was to be a Wal-Mart greeter during the day, and a zamboni driver at night. Fortunately, that life goal has changed slightly.

During last’s night game, I texted her a photo of the zamboni. She was at a professional conference, delivering a presentation about a community tenant/landlord mediation program her college department is spearheading. It’s not as glamorous as being an ice rink maintenance expert, but it keeps her busy.

Driving into the Big City
Ramping up
Zamboni
Faceoff
Wiener dogs
FIGHT!

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)

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17 thoughts on “Hockey: the iPhone edition

  1. Our daughter and her hubby have two wieners, which they affectionately call “the Weens” (They are their children)

    Anyway, all those weens on the ice are cracking me up!

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  2. It’s the best spectator sport. Bad on tv. Even minor league hockey is fun in person.

    Great pictures. I may check one of my kids in the boards.

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  3. I didn’t know that ‘the world’s first ice resurfacing machine’ was Zamboni even if Finland is a ice hockey country and we have many players in NHL. (I’m not a fan…but happy if Finland wins!)

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  4. NHL hockey is great because it is the best of the best, but I still contend minor league hockey has more passion. Maybe not come playoff push time in the NHL, but the guys in the minors are playing out of pure passion for the game. Especially the league in Pensacola. I had a tryout with the Orlando team when it existed in that league. They make about as much money as a retail clerk in a mall.

    As for the zambonie, go work in a local ice rink and chances are you will be trained and drive one! Even there, they are cool.

    I love the ramp at the civic center, so cool.

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  5. Wait, the dachshunds were racing *on ice*? I’m sure it looked adorable, but there’s something wrong with taking a breed of dog that is notorious for having back problems and racing them on ice. Grrrr.

    Signed,
    Someone who grew up with three dachshunds. 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I wondered about the ice too. I had doxies when I was a kid, and one suffered from hip dysplasia. I was more worried about their paws. This was between periods, and before the ice was smoothed back out, so it was really rough. I was concerned it would cut the pads of their paws.

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