Docs on Ice Photo Recap


April 10th and 11th Julie Whelan Photography had the esteemed pleasure of being the official photographer of the 2015 Docs on Ice charity hockey tournament.

For those who don’t know, Docs on Ice is an annual hockey tournament designed to raise money for a chosen beneficiary, featuring celebrities and hall-of-famers. This year’s beneficiary was the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. We want to give a special thanks to the staff of the foundation for being so easy to work with and having a great vision for our work. Thanks to Susan Peddle and Suzanne Lanthier. We’d also like to thank the Docs on Ice organizers, Andy Leung and Robert Hammond, for reaching out to us and planning this event so well.

This year the organizers decided to change pace a little and opted for action photography instead of the traditional team photos. That’s where we came in! We photographed 56 teams over 2 days capturing nearly 6000 images. The tournament took place over three venues with the primary venue being the Western Fair Sports Centre. 900 Doctors rallied from across Ontario to support the cause.

Capturing the Action

The Western Fair Sports Centre is a terrific venue. It features four well-lit pads, a spacious lobby, and is large enough to burn some calories walking from ice surface to ice surface. The shooting conditions were optimal. The lighting was great, so I was able to play with my shutter speed, scaling up to 1/1600 at times. I kept my ISO and aperture at a steady 6400 and f2.8 respectively. Because we photograph minor hockey primarily, shooting these docs (adults) allowed me to really exercise the zoom function of the Sigma 120-300mm, utilizing the shorter focal length as the forwards skated nearer and as goalies stretched for the save.

10 Point Banquet

Julie Whelan Photography was also invited to capture the gala at the London Convention Centre on the evening of the Friday, April 10th. We were also asked to prepare a slideshow of images captured earlier that day to be played during the arrival. It was exciting seeing our images displayed on the jumbo screen in front of hundreds of people.

Julie Whelan Photography on Screen

Next, we moved to the VIP lounge to arrange some photo ops with this years celebrity guests. This year’s charismatic MC was none other than Joe ‘Holy Mackinaw!’ Bowen, the voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alongside him was another Maple Leaf and this year’s celebrity guest, the only man to ever score 10 points in a single game, Darryl Sittler.

Here are a few more images depicting the speeches and guests, including London Mayor, Matt Brown, and guest speaker Jordan Thorne, an inspirational young man whose personal story is important to this year’s beneficiary, as Jordan is a two-time brain tumour survivor.

Darryl Sittler & Joe Bowen

We had a wonderful time photographing this event. Thanks again to all those involved. If you’d like to learn more about Docs on Ice or about the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, check out the links below.

Docs on Ice

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada


About Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan, professional photographer of over fifteen years, has had the opportunity to shoot all over the globe--from capturing portraits in Vanuatu to shooting off rooftops in Maui to photographing products in Calgary. She now finds herself in Ontario photographing outdoor adventures and the active lifestyles of athletic individuals and athletes in competition & training. Julie has also worked with professional athletes such as Don Cherry, Darryl Sittler, and Roberto Alomar. When not behind the lens, Julie likes to unwind with a good book or spending time in the garden.

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