While “warrior” might sound a bit melodramatic, who am I to argue with a guy carrying a big stick labeled as such.
Syracuse Crunch starting goaltender Kristers Guldevskis (50) skating to his net before playing the Utica Comets in an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 15, 2016.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 560, EV +1.0, Intensify Pro.
Syracuse Crunch goalie Kristers Guldevskis sure looks like a warrior going to war with all his protective gear.
Before an ice hockey face-off, normally the two players keep their eyes on the puck in the hand of the official. Unless one is across from Syracuse Crunch Tanner Richard who likes to add a little intimidation. Turning the face-off into a stare down.
Syracuse Crunch Center Tanner Richard (71) staring down the opposing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Center Carter Rowney (17) before a face-off in an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 16, 2016.
Nikon D750/70-200VR, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV +1.3, 200mm Focal Length.
True warriors they may not be. Intense, they definitely are.
You may recall that I am (inexplicably) a hockey fan. These are great images, and put me in mind (perhaps equally inexplicably) of Steve Hamilton’s A Cold Day in Paradise, a detective novel you might-or might not-enjoy. Goalies. A breed apart.
Yes, goalies are a different breed of athlete. The two we have on the Crunch this season are very different personalities. Both a delight to be around but different. One for Latvia and one from Minnesota.