Sometimes a good opportunity just falls in your lap, as it did when the IceCaps were playing in game 5 at home versus the Texas Stars in the AHL Calder Cup Finals, with the Stars having a chance at winning the cup.
Along with game photos, that included capturing the overtime game winning goal and on-ice celebration of, I was tasked by The AHL with ensuring and organizing the photography of many set shots, such as the MVP Trophy and Calder Cup presentations, candid photos of each player and member of the coaching staff celebrating with their turn to hoist the cup, photos of the players with any family in attendance, candid and posed photos of the players and their champagne celebration in the locker room and of course the most important photo of all, the on-ice team photo with the cup.
The latter of which appeared on the frontpage of TheNHL.com and other media publications. The photo of the overtime game winning goal — published within 5 seconds, as it happened thanks to the direct transfer set up in co-ordination with The IceCaps — appeared immediately on hundreds of media sites around the world including tsn.ca, thescore.ca, espn.com and others. The Texas Stars have also used a lot of the photos from the locker room celebration and on-ice cele in their print and marketing materials.