Alright, so we have finally made it to my number 1 photo from 2018. I think people who followed my time at Notre Dame would not be surprised that this is the top choice. If you were not around during that time and have no idea what this photo is let me explain.
Notre Dame, as you know if you read my #2 photo of 2018, made the Frozen Four and the National Championship last season. Their postseason run was unbelievable but also . They did not like to win in normal ways. Instead they liked to take it to overtime or score with mere seconds left on the clock.
They did it throughout the entire postseason and it started right here with this photo. This is Jack Jenkins, #28, a forward on the Fighting Irish and as you can see he’s pretty excited in this shot. That would be because he just scored a goal with 31 seconds left on the clock. A goal that would end up sending the Fighting Irish to the Big Ten Hockey championships. This would be the first of many last second wins for the Irish.
However, and i may be bias saying this, there is no better celebration shot than this one. The puck went in and now I can not stress this part enough, I was sooo lucky that he turned right to my photo hole and screamed right to me. He could have turned more towards the corner and jumped onto that glass, or he could've turned in and never came to the glass, but no he opens up and screams right to me as if he knew I was there.
Seriously every time I look at this photo I get chills. That is how much I love this photo. It just can not be any better. Jenkins' leg in the air while he is at the peak of his scream and then his teammate behind him just makes it all that much better.
The real reason this is my all time favorite is because just like the frozen four celebration, I am the only one that got this photo. One of the local photographers I got to know asked me right after if i got the shot because he saw that Jenkins celebrated right to me. He was jealous but in the best possible way. I was lucky I got that photo hole and it happened the way it did. Right place, right time, ready and so very lucky!
Oh and this is now the banner on the twitter page for @ndhockey! So that just adds to this photo meaning a lot to me.
2018 was great to me and I could not have asked for better experiences and moment to capture. Let's hope 2019 is just as good! I'm ready and excited for it. Thank you for reading my top 18 photos and please continue to follow me on my journey!