On July 8, 2016 I had the pleasure of teaming up with HockeyNow and SportChek to photograph Owen Lalonde, the winner of HockeyNow’s 2016 Ontario Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award.
The shoot was a pleasure because of Owen Lalonde. Even with all this kid has going for him, he remains humble and kind. Owen is the second overall pick in the OHL priority selection draft this year, the Alliance Player of the Year, and he helped the Windsor Jr. Spitfires advance to the 2016 OHL cup by providing 37 points in 33 games.
During the photo shoot on the second floor of the Windsor SportChek in the Devonshire Mall, Owen and his mom, Elaine, were warmly greeted by literally every shopper that came up the escalator (strangers to me, a Londoner, but friends to Owen and Elaine) and yet, at the end of the photo shoot, Owen thanked me for coming out and offered to help carry my equipment to my car, something I can barely get my paid assistants to do!
Player of the Year Award
HockeyNow has been awarding players with the Player of the Year Award in B.C. since 2000, and this year, opened up the program to Alberta and Ontario as well. They send out a selection team during the hockey season to evaluate players and then make a list of finalists “who best exemplify sportsmanship, leadership, hockey ability and performance, and school and community participation.” From this list, they pick the three winners: one from B.C., one from Alberta, and one from Ontario.
The winners get their pictures and a write-up in the HockeyNow Magazine, an awards ceremony, and a SportChek shopping spree to be fitted head-to-toe in new hockey gear. That’s where I came in. I documented Owen’s shopping spree!
The Shopping Spree
Last year, HockeyNow officially partnered up with SportChek to provide the Player of the Year Award winner’s with the generous gift of being equipped head-to-toe in hockey gear. The shopping spree includes everything from shoulder, elbow, and shin pads, pants, gloves, skates, a helmet, under clothes, a stick, to a hockey bag in which to put it all. Owen was helped along with his own personal shopper and SportChek employee, Jon.
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