Hockey is a fast-paced, hard-hitting game where peripheral vision is key to getting the puck where it needs to be. But what happens when what a player goes for a black object on the ice that doesn’t end up being the puck?
Well, if you’re Sean Backman of the Ontario Reign from the American Hockey League, you end up briefly handling a lens hood that was knocked off a photographer’s lens when your team tries to dump the puck behind the net.
As the above video shows, right winger Sean Backman gets a little confused when he realizes the ‘puck’ on his stick isn’t a puck at all. Instead, it’s a lens hood from a photographer who had been shooting through the designated photographer hole along the glass.
Having shot plenty of hockey in my life, I’m slightly surprised we don’t see this more often. Usually, the holes for shooting through are not much bigger than a lens hood and a lot of the time you end up having to quickly pull back on your camera so it doesn’t take a direct shot from an errant pass or deflection.
With the exception of a few confused players, a handful of angry fans and one likely embarrassed photographer, all seemed to turn out well when the puck was ‘frozen’ by Reign’s goalie and the refs returned the lens hood to its rightful owner.
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