High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: vancouver, bc, Canada.
Gus, I haven't shot much hockey (some sledge hockey). The range on that lens should fit the profile but I worry if it will be fast enough glass (large enough aperature) to be able to freeze the action. I would be looking to pump up the ISO, hockey rinks are notoriously badly lit. Shoot raw so you can go back later with noise reduction (you'll need it) and also adjust the white balance (though setting it up at the beginning properly and you should be fine). If you have any larger aperature glass, I'd recommend bringing that along, a 135f2 or something of that nature would be helpful.
Try and shoot from different angles if you can move around the arena. If you're really having trouble freezing the action, don't forget you can pan with the open ice rush and perhaps be more selective and shoot moments with less movement (faceoffs, shots from the point etc.) Don't forget to watch the goalies and the benches even when the "action" is not near, and also shoot away after the whistle. You'll often get the best emotional reactions during these times and to me a frustrated player on the bench tells more of the story then someone winding up for a shot.
Also bring a monopod to help with steadyin the camera. Extra Battery/memory so you can shoot away and find something that works as it's your first experience with this.