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icing-on-the-rink  asked:

I'm trying to expand my knowledge of non-North American women's hockey leagues and I had questions about the SDHL. In your primer, you listed the team names. Many of them have 'IF' or 'HC' or other abbreviations. What do those mean? Also, you recently made a post about Djurgården Dam. Is that the same team as 'Djurgaden IF' in your primer? Thanks!

IF means Idrottsförening which is sports club in English, HC stands for Hockey Club, IK is Idrottsklubb which is another version of sports club. Teams in Sweden often operate under a sports club that represents the same geographical area but have teams and athletes in a bunch of different sports.

For example, Djurgården Dam (or Djurgården IF, they’re the same). Djurgården Dam is owned by Djurgården IF which is the sports club, Djurgården IF is one of Sweden’s bigger sports clubs and they have teams in over 20 different sports, both men’s and women’s teams/athletes, they have a men’s hockey team and a popular soccer team etc. But the teams have the same name, Djurgården. So they call the women’s team Djurgården Dam because they have a men’s team and dam means woman, so they’re specifying that it’s a women’s team. But when you’re talking about the teams you only say Djurgården even if you’re talking about the men’s or women’s hockey team or the soccer team, so it can get a bit confusing. 

The sports club concept goes for every current SDHL team (and most teams in every league no matter the sport in Sweden), they’re owned by bigger clubs so there’s almost always a men’s hockey team with the same name as the women’s team and vice versa, and sometimes soccer teams, handball teams, floor ball teams etc.!

Svenska ishockeyförbundet (Swedish hockey board ish) are trying get every men’s team/sports club with a men’s hockey affiliate to start up women’s teams and it’s going ok. It’s easier for the bigger sports clubs to invest in new teams, Djurgården is a really rich club which might’ve made it easier. But some clubs only have a few teams or only one men’s hockey team and it gets trickier with funding, but most clubs are just coming up with excuses. 

(In Divison 1 (the secondary women’s league), there’s more independent teams or teams that belong to smaller clubs which might explain why they’re not in the main league, creating a successful team often requires a reputation and economical support which is harder for the independent teams and clubs.)


[Fish]Eye in the Sky

In his legendary career as a hockey photographer, Getty Images’ Bruce Bennett has pushed the boundaries of creativity and innovation. For 40 years he has seen the sport from countless angles and vantage points. But there’s always more to try, and always more to learn. In the Islanders’ last season at the arena affectionately known as “The Barn,” Bennett wanted a picture that had eluded him years before. He shares the story behind the shot:

The last time I mounted a camera on the bottom of the Nassau Coliseum scoreboard was four years ago and I wasn’t happy with the results. Even using a full frame camera with a Canon 15mm lens, it was tough to visualize how much of the ice surface would actually be captured in the frame. The resulting images hardly captured half the ice surface, and thus I shelved the thought for a few years.

Four years later, with the Islanders saying farewell to the Coliseum, I decided it was time to try it one more time. When the team moves to the Barclays Center next season, it will become impossible to recreate the vantage point because the scoreboard there is mounted off-center, sitting over one of the blue lines. This time I used the Canon 8-15mm lens and the Canon full frame 1DX camera. Fully racked out to 8mm, the lens produced not only an image that is ‘fisheye’ in appearance, but also masks out the remaining area in the frame in black, which helps accentuate the fisheye effect.

The installation required arriving three hours before game time so that the scoreboard could be lowered to the ice for installation. I had to take into consideration that the camera would need to operate throughout the game so the camera needed to turn itself off after a period of inactivity to preserve battery life. In addition, sufficient safety cabling had to be used to ease the minds of all parties involved. Remote frequencies were reserved so that the camera could be triggered by pushing a button from my rinkside position 100’ away. All images were shot in both JPEG and RAW so I needed to make sure that the camera was loaded with large enough memory cards to store all the images.

My first try was at the final regular season game at the Coliseum. I shot available light and blasted away at several opportunities, including the opening faceoff which resulted in a very viable and worthwhile image. But I held back throughout the game as the key to getting the winning photograph for me in this instance would be the postgame celebration. The team had done this throughout the season – with sticks raised in the air while standing on the logo at center ice. The game went into overtime and then to a shootout where the Islanders ultimately lost the game and I was unable to get the shot I wanted.

So a week later when the Islanders played their first playoff game, I took another stab at it. Armed with the knowledge gained in the first game, I decided to utilize the arena strobes. These are flash lighting units that we have permanently installed in the catwalks and are synced to go off when our camera triggers. The gain here with strobes is the high quality, the lack of ‘noise’ in the image, and an increase in saturation and color. But it’s also somewhat risky. With strobes, I was locked into a maximum of one frame every three seconds instead of ten frames per second. More worrisome was that the camera in the scoreboard needed one remote to trigger it and a separate remote to trigger the lights, meaning twice the possibility of failure. With all the surrounding metal and all the electronics in the scoreboard it was risky, but the potential increase in quality with strobe lighting was worth the risk. (For you photo geeks out there: 200iso, 320th second at f/8 using the Pocket Wizard mini on hypersync)

So at game time, with the building packed, all electronics on, all fans tweeting, facebooking and clogging the RF and airwaves, I triggered the camera, and when the strobes went off at that same moment I knew I was in business. Less than three hours later, when the game went to overtime, I knew I had some good game action and some face-offs. But when John Tavares scored the game-winner just 15 seconds into overtime, I knew I had the crown jewel. As they did all season, the team slowly glided over to the center ice logo where I was able to grab three frames before they moved on. About an hour later the final images were moved to the Getty Images site once I was able to retrieve the camera. My favorite frame is the overall view with full fisheye effect but I’m happy with all the results.

Memorable shots, in a building with no shortage of hockey memories.

Cupcake Wars AU:

  • The episode is for the NHL All Star game in Montreal. Their guest judge is former NHL star Bad Bob Zimmerman.
  • Tree of the contestants are people from big NHL cities who grew up loving hockey: A woman from Boston, a man from Detroit, and a woman from Philadelphia.
  • And then there’s Eric Bittle, from Bitty’s Bakery in Madison, Georgia. He’s a former National Champion figure skater, who played ice hockey for two years in high school before being accepted to the Culinary Institute of America with a full scholarship.
  • Bittle makes an immediate impression with the judges in the fist found, managing to turn Montreal’s most famous dish, poutine, into one of the most delectable cupcakes any of them have ever tasted.
    • The person eliminated this round has a really rough go. According to Florian, their cupcake embraces the hockey spirit too much and turns out more like a puck.
  • For the second round, his decorations are mostly amazing. His assistant, a feisty woman named Larissa, has a pure talent for designing the most creative decorations. Unfortunately, the decorations for their second cupcake, fondant replicas of the NHL logo, don’t have time to completely set. They end up a little flat.
    • The person eliminated made their decorations too basic. And their flavors are too off-balance to make up for it.
  • For the final round, Bittle is facing off against the woman from Philadelphia. He decides to make his display a miniature version of an ice hockey rink, with the cupcakes in the stands and on the ice. He makes sure that all his decorations are completed, and when it’s done he feels so proud of all he’s accomplished.
    • The woman from Philadelphia’s display also looks amazing, it’s a large version of the Stanley Cup.
  • Eric Bittle, of Bitty’s Bakery in Madison, Georgia, is the winner. It’s no surprise, his flavors were out of this world and his decorations were almost as amazing.
  • Guest judge Bad Bob Zimmerman is thrilled to have this adorable little baker join him at the All Star game, and can’t wait to introduce him to his son, Jack, who is playing.
    • He thinks they would be good friends, if they got to know each other.