Our featured image is from a recipie created for Petersen’s Re/Max Journal, a custom publication created for Rich Petersen who was the broker for the Re/Max brokerage in Fort St John.
Dealing with hunting stories in north eastern BC, the magazine had a regular featured wild game recipe
The recipes were provided by Florence Plotnikow and we photographed the finished meal to put into the magazine.
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Is this a Downy or Hairy Woodpecker?
The two birds are very different in size, with the Hairy being about the size of a Robin while the Downy is only the size of a sparrow. But the coloring is almost the same, so you can usually tell them apart by the length of the beak. In the Hairy the beak is longer than the head, while in the Downy it is shorter than the head. So that would suggest that this is a Downy however, a Downy also has white spots on the tail feathers that are not present here, suggesting it’s a Hairy.
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.
Fort St. John, British Columbia, is known for its passion for hockey. The city’s love for the sport is evident in the intense and exciting hockey games that take place regularly. One such memorable game showcased the true spirit of the sport, with the main photo capturing a pivotal moment: the puck suspended in the air just in front of the goalie.
The photo perfectly encapsulates the anticipation and focus of the goalie as he looks down at the puck, ready to use his body to block any incoming shots. The intensity of the moment is palpable, and it highlights the skill and dedication required to excel in this fast-paced sport.
A Display of Skill and Strategy
Hockey is a game that demands both physical prowess and mental agility. The players must possess exceptional skating ability, precise stick handling skills, and a deep understanding of the game’s strategic nuances. The goalie, in particular, plays a crucial role in defending the net and preventing the opposing team from scoring.
As the main photo suggests, the goalie’s primary objective is to stop the puck from entering the net. This requires lightning-fast reflexes and the ability to read the game to anticipate the opposing team’s moves. The goalie must be prepared to use their entire body as a shield, positioning themselves strategically to block shots from any angle.
The Importance of Focus and Concentration
In the photo, the goalie’s unwavering focus on the puck is evident. This level of concentration is vital in a high-pressure game, where split-second decisions can make all the difference. The goalie must stay alert and react swiftly to any changes in the game, constantly assessing the positioning of both their teammates and the opposing players.
Furthermore, the goalie’s mental strength is tested as they face numerous shots throughout the game. They must maintain their composure and stay focused, even in the face of intense pressure and potential distractions. The ability to remain calm and collected is crucial for making split-second decisions and executing precise movements to block shots.
A Symbol of Teamwork and Support
While the goalie plays a vital role in defending the net, hockey is ultimately a team sport. The success of the team relies on the collective efforts of all players, working together to outmaneuver the opposition and score goals. The goalie’s teammates provide support by clearing the puck from the defensive zone, blocking shots, and communicating on the ice.
Behind the goalie, the photo captures an array of players, ready to jump in and assist their teammate if needed. This camaraderie and cooperation are fundamental to the game, as each player has a specific role to fulfill. The goalie’s trust in their teammates allows them to focus on their own responsibilities, knowing they have a united front defending the net.
A Celebration of the Sport
The hockey game in Fort St. John, BC, showcased in the main photo, serves as a testament to the excitement and passion that surrounds the sport. It represents the dedication and skill of the players, the intense competition, and the unwavering support of the fans. Hockey has a unique ability to bring communities together, fostering a sense of camaraderie and pride.
Whether you’re a die-hard hockey fan or simply appreciate the thrill of a competitive sport, the photo captures a moment that encapsulates the essence of the game. It reminds us of the excitement and anticipation that each hockey game brings, as players strive to outperform their opponents and create memorable moments on the ice.