When your newspaper covers over 17 hockey teams. Just in the local community, you get to see a LOT of hockey. Then you add in all the teams from the other seven communities that the Peace Country Spotlight covered. You spend your evenings living in the hockey arenas.
In the Peace region, hockey season starts in August and depending on playoffs carries through to April.
The advantage to this. You get a lot of practice photographing hockey. The disadvantage you get to eat a lot of hockey arena food. Some of it is pretty good. Some isn’t bad. For the most part though, you want to be packing a bottle of antacid tablets, just in case.
This photograph is from a Junior B match-up between the Fort St John Huskies and the Sexsmith Vipers of Hockey Alberta’s Jr B North West Hockey League.
In the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons the Huskies were the league champions.
The league consists of the Beaverlodge Blades, the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks, the Fairview Flyers, the Grande Prairie Kings, the North Peace Navigators, and the Sexsmith Flyers.