Hockey noob / by Guillermo Hernandez Martinez

Image After growing up in Toluca, Mexico and going to college in Texas, the fact that I'm not a hockey fan should not be a surprise to anyone. Don't get me wrong, I love watching grown men hit each other with sticks and body slam the life out of each other as much as the next guy, but I've only stepped on a mall rink once and never really watched a full hockey game in my life... at least until last month.

It's been a while, but back in October I somehow got the idea in my head that I wanted to shoot hockey, given that there are three teams in the area. Chris Chambers, our college football and hockey editor, was super helpful and gave me credentials to the game of my choosing: New York Islanders vs Phoenix Coyotes. (In retrospect, a weird decision, I know.) He also set me up with some pointers, and a warning that hockey is really fast and hard to shoot.

So I went and shot it, and I learned that hockey is really fast and hard to shoot. Here are some photos, but as you can tell I did not make many pictures. I've gone to four games at this point (thanks, Chris!) and I think I've gotten better. Hopefully I'll post something soon with more interesting hockey stuff.

The Islanders were, by the way, quite nice and welcoming. In particular, team photographer Mike Stobe was great; he set me up with holes in the ice for both games I went to and I'm really grateful for that.