Yes, folks, the ice has been removed from the arena surface, the paint scraped off the concrete, the cloth goal creases and Ice Dog emblems lovingly packed away until fall. The arena staff marked the day with a little celebration - not of the END of the season, but of another successful year of fun at the community's meeting place.
These folks are the people who work behind the scenes to make the arena tick, and in my opinion they do a fantastic job. As a hockey photographer, I can say that I have shot in many rinks around the province, and we have one of the best for getting great action shots. That's because these folks have made sure I have clean glass to shoot through, access to otherwise restricted areas, a ladder when I need it, and great coffee with a smile when I need to warm up. Thank you!
Now that the season is over, I will be a LITTLE less busy for a month or so. To fill that time, Rosie and I have decided to take a trip that we have dreamed about for a long time - a month or so travelling across Europe! I hope to post some shots from the various locations we visit, and promise to try to keep them interesting, not just "touristy" stuff. But for now, just a thank you to the kids, parents, coaches, and organizers who helped us have another great winter of photography!