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On the job training, one period as an NHL photographer

By Jim Diamond

Photographers who ply their trade shooting NHL games have incredibly difficult jobs. Just how difficult of a job it is was really impressed upon me Monday night.

For the first period of Monday’s preseason game against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, Predators team photographer John Russell and the team’s PR staff allowed me the opportunity of trying to shoot the action from one of the photo holes in the glass rinkside in Bridgestone Arena.

Russell is a genius and he’s been to the mountain, as one of his pictures has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Before the game, Russell gave me my assigned location, on the glass at the bottom of Section 118, next to the new Lexus Lounge where the players enter the ice prior to the start of each period. The hole is close to the faceoff dot. I was able to sit on the last step of the stairwell, a perfect height to reach the photo hole.

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Photo set from Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers rookie game

Photos taken at the rookie game played between the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee.

Photo set from Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lighting rookie game

Photos taken at the rookie game played between the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee.

Photos taken at the rookie game played between the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee. (Jim Diamond/Rinkside Report)

 

Photo set from Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers rookie game

Some photos of the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins rookie game played September 13, 2014 at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee.

Some photos of the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins rookie game played September 13, 2014 at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee. (Jim Diamond/Rinkside Report)