NHL players gather atop parking garage for impromptu hockey game with fans

I was out taking pictures for an upcoming post called “Scenes of Winter Light” (working title) when my friend Douglas “Three Stripes” Sargent (a hat tip to you, my friend) texted me to let me know that Andrew Ladd, captain of the Winnipeg Jets and two time Stanley Cup Winner, as well as Mike Richards, a Stanley Cup winner and former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers were going to be playing hockey at the Forks, which is about a 10 minute walk from my house. I immediately went home to change lenses and headed out.

What I found on top of the parking garage was a few hundred people with very big smiles on their face. It isn’t every day that big name NHL players take to twitter announcing their intentions to play a game of hockey with fans, which is exactly what happened. After a brief media scrum in which Richards and Ladd answered obligatory questions regarding the current lockout, teams were selected and the ball was dropped.

Please feel free to view photos on the Zach Wolf’s Wandering Lens Facebook page.

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Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd listens to a question from a member of the media, November 12, 2012. Ladd along with fellow NHL players Mike Richards, Jim Slater, and Mark Stuart announced they were going to play a game of road hockey at the Forks Market, Winnipeg, MB and asked fans to join them.

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Crowd braves snow to attend Remembrance Day ceremony

Despite 24cm of snow, hundreds of people made their way to the Manitoba Legislature grounds on November 11 to honor service men and women.

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Winnipeg roller skaters still flying almost 50 years later

In Winnipeg’s quiet north end industrial area lies a building in which thumping bass permeates the entire block. Aside from a small sign there is no indication of what purpose the building serves and only from traversing to the side of the warehouse furthest away from the street does the building’s true nature reveal itself.

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It’s a roller rink.

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We Day 2012 – Winnipeg

Started in 2007 by brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger, We Day was established to inspire children to make the world a better place. Featuring singers, dancers, speakers, local and global leaders among others, We Day stopped in Winnipeg on October 30, 2012 at the MTS Centre.

I was lucky enough to be asked by my contact at the Ladybug Foundation to shoot the event for them. While I was there to shoot Hannah Taylor, Ladybug’s founder, I ended up shooting the whole day and was able to get some unique images of an event that not a lot of people get to shoot.

Seeing an arena full of young kids cheering on former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev was very interesting to me as well. Here was a man who helped put an end to a very real threat of nuclear armageddon before the majority of the kids in attendance were even born, and they hung on his every word and showed nothing but the utmost respect.

It was interesting to me how into it these kids were. Topics ranged from anti-bullying to environmentalism, to clean water and nuclear disarmament. Not only were the kids cheering and clapping, but they had a genuine interest in what speakers had to say and knew of the speakers beforehand.

Marc and Craig Kielburger on stage.

Marc and Craig Kielburger (right) welcome 18,000 students to We Day on October 30, 2012.

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Tim McLean birthday vigil

Friends and family of Tim McLean gathered in a grove in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building Wednesday night to celebrate what would have been his 27th birthday. McLean was murdered while riding a bus en route to Winnipeg on July 28, 2008.

On a windy, frigid night about 15 friends and family members held candles, shared stories, and passed around pictures of McLean.

This was the first year a birthday vigil has been held for McLean, and his mother, Carol de Delley, says that she does not intend to hold a vigil every year for her son.

Friends and family gather at the Manitoba Legislative Building for a vigil to celebrate what would have been Tim McLean’s 27th birthday. October 3rd, 2012.

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Winnipeg CEO sleepout 2012

In a bid to raise money and awareness toward employment for Winnipeg’s homeless population, over 40 CEOs and other members of the community spent the night at corner of Portage avenue and Main street on Thursday, September 27.

In the second year of the CEO Sleepout, organizers were able to raise $111,645 (at time of press) according to the organizers of the event, Change for the Better. The funds raised are equal to 11,164 hours of work for Winnipeg’s homeless men and women.

CEOs, onlookers, and the media alike were on hand at Portage and Main to kick off the event in the courtyard of 201 Portage. I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot the event by a friend at the Ladybug Foundation, a local charity geared towards helping Winnipeg’s homeless population.

CEO's and onlookers gather at 201 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB. September 27, 2012.

CEOs and onlookers gather at 201 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB. September 27, 2012.

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September 11th Memorial

For this week’s entry I hoped to find something tying in to the 11th anniversary of a day that everyone knows, September 11th. I would like to preface that remark by saying that I’m not one of these Americans who expects everybody to drop what they are doing and remember, or anything like that. I simply realized that the date coincided with my day off, and that there might be something happening worth taking photos of.

I saw on the Winnipeg Free Press site that there was to be a press conference by the Manitoba Peace Officer Memorial Foundation just a few blocks from my house, so I grabbed my gear and headed down the street.

As I arrived I saw a few dozen people, mostly firefighters from all over Manitoba gathered around a small podium. Three or four ENG (re: big) television cameras were set up in a half circle in front of the podium, flanked by rows of chairs in which hardly anybody sat.

The press conference was called to announce the beginning of a campaign to fund a memorial to be placed in, coincidentally enough, Memorial Park, to honor Firefighters, Paramedics, Police Officers, and others who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Also, please excuse me as I have not figured out how to make the captions not all caps yet.

Firefighters, media personnel, and members of the public gather in the shadow of the Manitoba Legislative Building for a press conference by the Manitoba Peace Officer Memorial Foundation on September 11, 2012.

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