In a closed arena surrounded by fans, hockey is not one of the cleanest sports to photograph.
Many advertisements adorn the lower portion of the boards in the sport, and above, while the glass has no markings, the fans sit up close to the glass.
With that in mind, there aren't many angles that make photographing hockey easy. A lot of the time images can look cluttered and busy.
Remote cameras from above and certain angles allow for compelling images no matter what the moment is. Also layering of players help shield the busy backgrounds.
When ice level, one of the best angles to get a clean image is behind the net. The repetitive lines from the glass and cropping waist up is as clean as it gets.
When Michael Del Zotto of the Philadelphia Flyers missed a check on an opposing player during a recent game, the ice helped create a interesting picture to look out.