Jan 6 2010

End of a Journey

Well, the 2010 World Junior Championships will certainly be one to remember. Two storybook games between Canada and the US, each with a different out come but evermore entertaining. I have had an amazing time capturing and creating images as well as working alongside many top-notch professionals. Of course, having said that, the trip hasn’t been without it’s challenges, and I can tell you, it has been tough, especially over the last few days, with 3 games a day, subzero temperatures, in the media centre (which is inside the building) and not much to eat other than rink dogs, but what would a project like this be without a little adversity? It has been great, but now, at 3:50am local time, as I head off to bed for a quick nap, I can honestly say I am very much looking forward to my flight home, as was the case with many of the other media and crew working the event.

I have attached just a few of the images I created during this project and I hope to get a gallery with some more content soon. Please feel free to check out the image gallery at http://www.iihf.com .

Enjoy!

MM


Jan 1 2010

Something for the kids

Through December, I was trying desperately to find some meaningful gifts to give the many clients who have supported CornerStone Creative Group over the past year. Unfortunately, I was struggling. Luckily, after listening to some of the ways in which my wife had been making a difference in her work, I realized the best gift I could give would be one that might benefit a number of people. It would be a gift that would benefit the people who believe most in the Christmas season, but perhaps, are not in the best of spirits given the circumstances at this time of the year.

I am happy to say that CornerStone Creative Group has made a donation to the ‘KGH Children’s Cancer Fund’ on behalf of our many clients and partners. Without you, this would not have been possible. It is my hope that this donation has helped make the Christmas season a bit better for some children and families who are facing very challenging times and that their new year will start on a more positive note.

For this opportunity, I say thank you.

Best,

MM


Jan 1 2010

Starting over

It is the first day of the New Year, 2010 and it is dark outside. On the left side of the bus, the moon is full, still high in the sky over Regina, Saskatchewan. On the right, traces of pink and orange can be see as the sun lumbers somewhere under the horizon. It’s cold, very cold.

For me, 2009 ended in very much the same fashion as it started, on the road, in a hotel room, by myself. Last year it was much the same, but I was in Calgary. This year, it is Regina. Next year, could be Buffalo, who knows. Never the less, 2009 brought many challenges, learning experiences and opportunities. I can only hope to build on the progress I made in 2009, in every aspect of my life.

Last night, as I finished up my second game of the day between the Czech Republic and Russia, I began the process of tearing down all the gear and packing up the office I had put together in Regina, just before Christmas. Jan 1 is a travel and load-in day in Saskatoon where I will hook up with the crew that is already on-site at the CUC. We will prepare to provide 2-man coverage of the playoff rounds of the 2010 World Junior Championships for the IIHF and the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Images on Ice program. Jeff Vinnick and myself will be shooting and Steve Poirier will be editing our material as we work through 11 games in 4 days. Matthew Murnaghan, who was my editor in Regina flies back to Toronto this morning to look after a corporate project on the 2nd of January. Although the crew in Saskatoon has already been there and working since the tournament began, it is all new for me when I arrive and I will be staring at square one all over again. It marks the start of a new adventure in one that is already underway. Similarly, January 1st marks the start of another great adventure as I move into my 2nd full year operation with CornerStone Creative Group. It is a year that will take me through numerous events, which should prove challenging, including the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I hope I can make the very best out of every moment and opportunity that happens my way.

Best wishes for 2010.

MM