I finally got around to developing a good three handfuls of Kodak Tri-X 400 film this past week, and to my surprise found a few keepers. It was a busy month in February, which didn't leave me with much time to enjoy a good hockey game. So when the opportunity presented itself to finally attend one in 2016, I made no hesitation and went. It would be my Leica's first game, and my first time bringing a camera to a major sporting event.
I knew that game would be a good chance to test my documenting skills on major sports fans - with the month being a complete let down if you were a Ranger fan. Knowing this, my camera was pointed at the anxious patrons of Madison Square Garden and their need to finally watch the sports team string together some consecutive wins in a competitive division.
The game started off slow, with many fans, including myself waiting for the first puck to be scored. I must have gone through a few beers before the first period was over, with no score to my teams name. This would continue on for the remainder of regular time and would lead to an overtime period between the two clubs. This wasn't the best combination for a stadium full of anxious fans watching a club that has made a habit of letting them down.
Then it was all over. With two minutes into the overtime period, our Rangers, our blueshirts, had sealed the game with a slap shot by their defenseman, Kevin Klein. The goal horn never rang so loud in a stadium with a history of making crowds cheer. Our team had won that game in late February, and my Leica got to capture some of its fans reaction.
Now they clean up, and prepare for the next one -