Guest Blogger: Ryan Kerpan

FEBRUARY 27, 2013

My name is Ryan Kerpan, and I'm a goaltender for the AIC Yellow Jackets hockey team. I had the opportunity to shoot some behind-the-scenes photos at our recent game against Sacred Heart University. My goal for this project was to provide a glimpse inside our dressing room both before and after a game - a perspective that most sports spectators never experience (which is a shame, since it's really quite a show).

Every guy on the team has his own way of warming up his body and mind, and some guys can be a little weirder than others. Some join in on the one-of-a-kind game called Plessy ball. You will not see another game that is as funny to watch as this. The game is played outdoors, involves a reaction ball (an oddly shaped ball that bounces in unpredictable directions), awkward dances, and a unique sound that can only be compared to that of a sea lion.

Others join in on sewer ball, an elimination game played with a soccer ball.

On the other end of the spectrum, some guys choose to keep it mellow and listen to music and relax while taping sticks, riding a stationary bike, or stretching.

Before taking the ice, the team engages in a dynamic warm up inside the dressing room.

The goalies usually do a little bit of juggling to warm up their hand-eye coordination.

After that, it’s time to suit up.

Some parts behind the scenes are really unique moments, like our team breakdown before we hit the ice…

or the awarding of the hard hat—an honor given to the player thought to be the hardest worker of the night.

On this particular night we continued on a roll, defeating SHU 4-0.

I am hoping this brief glimpse helped to shed some positive light on our program going into the playoffs, and I really encourage students and faculty to come out and support us in our final weekend against the Bentley Falcons on March 1st at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield. We’d love to see you there.

Ryan Kerpan is a junior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He provided both the writing and photography for this post, work that also fulfills the requirements for his "Creating Content for the AIC Community" assignment in Digital Photo II.
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