Just over a year ago, on March 01 2020, I photographed what was to be the last Jonathan hockey game that I would shoot for a long time. Little did I know then that a global pandemic was about to change our world.
I think he did play one or two more away games last March, but that was it. They do practise this year and have scrimmages, at least when we are not in lockdown. But I am told that it just isn't the same. I can't go anyway unless I were to take Shauna's place, and then I would be confined to an isolated seat and couldn't roam around with my camera.
Unlike previous years, the team was weak last year, but as I look back at the photos, I realize how unimportant winning or losing was or is. They were active and having fun, and that's the memory that carries. Plus, I almost don't remember the cold of the arena. Almost.
The middle two photos show JJ; he's #9.
Addendum: The arena has just been closed again for two weeks due to a local outbreak. In other years hockey would soon be coming to an end anyway, soI wonder if that will be it for the year for the kids.