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And then this happened... (211.4) - Mark's Journal
And then this happened... (211.4)
The memory of seeing the puck heading right toward me is pretty clear, and the vague memory of moving the camera is becoming clearer. While at first I was pretty sure I had the camera in front of my face all along, I'm starting to think I may have moved it up just in time. Not that I intentionally blocked my face with my camera, but it just happened to be in the hand that knew it needed to be there.

OuchieEither way, the camera took the whole impact of the puck that junior defenseman Sean Whitney sent winging my way to clear it out of Cornell's defensive zone during last night's Game 3. People get seriously injured by pucks at hockey games, so I know I'm lucky. You may have already seen this picture on Facebook or Twitter; I posted it to both minutes afterward, and also got countless texts and other messages from folks who saw it happen in the rink, checking that I was OK. Yup, I was completely unhurt. Eric, sitting next to me, said it grazed him, but he was fine.

The flash is dead, and the front case is going to need to be replaced if I'm to have any hope of a relatively water-resistant camera. I was able to fit some of the broken pieces back together, and while the camera can still take pictures, there were some exposed circuit boards that make me wonder if there might be other damage.

A contact at Athletics is checking with their risk management folks to see whether they have any mechanism for paying for damage caused at hockey games. The fine print on the ticket states that I'm there at my own risk, so I don't consider them to have any obligation to me, but repairing or replacing the camera would be a nice thing to do. As happens each time a puck leaves the ice, a CUPD officer came to make sure I was OK and took my name, so they obviously keep track of incidents. I'll also check with my insurance company to see whether my homeowners insurance covers personal property when outside the house. (It didn't occur to me to look into it until after the local office was closed for the day today.)

Sean redeemed himself with his assist on the gamewinning goal in overtime, and he says he'll be glad to autograph the camera for me. I just need to find a silver Sharpie. :-) And Cornell, having won that series, goes on to Atlantic City for the ECAC tournament semifinal on Friday. I may need to borrow another camera for the weekend.
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jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 15th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Our renters insurance was willing to cover any injuries at our wedding, so, homeowners and renters insurance covers weird stuff. Good luck!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 15th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

That's probably general liability coverage as part of the renter's policy, but I'm impressed that it covers events nowhere near the home.
jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 15th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the fact it covered an event at a location clearly not related to my home was the surprising part to me.
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: March 15th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Check your insurance, of course, Mark, but I think that you may very well be covered. I do know that renters insurance would cover it. Indeed, it was Alexander, my Powerbook 160, being stolen from my office at Morrisville back in 1996 that pushed me finally into renters insurance because I learned that, had I had it, he would have been covered.
kaitl From: kaitl Date: March 15th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes! Glad you're okay.

Sorry about the camera :( Time for a new toy??
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: March 15th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're okay.

When my Minolta SRT-201 was stolen during a home break-in in 1983, the model was no longer in production, so insurance paid for the closest equivalent, which was a Minolta X-700.
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: March 15th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Mark, you realize that I have never been to an actual hockey game, and the only complete game I ever watched was the US vs Russia Olympic game in 1980, but...don't they have clear plastic barriers around the entire rink to prevent exactly what happened to you?

mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 15th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Empty LynahYes, high enough that nearly all shots stay in the rink. There's actually a several-foot opening near me for the tunnel out of the locker room, but this puck didn't come through that. This was one of the tiny fraction that takes an angle just right to head over the glass into the crowd. You can see the glass in this picture, and the opening is visible near the right edge.
jccohen From: jccohen Date: March 15th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Further, in those areas that are most likely to see a lot of shots - the two ends, behind the goals - they have netting, iirc, above the glass, to catch even more of the errant pucks.

I rarely go to hockey - usually about 1 game a year - but for all that, usually it seems like a few pucks go in to the air, but often at angles that aren't actually all that dangerous (though no one would want to take one to the head at any speed)

Shots like those, scary fast at someone's head, are rare, but can and do happen. That's probably another reason the tickets say "at own risk".
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: March 15th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You can stop having 'near misses' like this now. Well, not in exchange of actually 'hits.'

Glad you're okay!
mcval From: mcval Date: March 15th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, kinda scary. Better the camera than an eye, though.

It won't help with this incident, but we have personal item coverage in addition to our homeowners insurance, which i use to cover the camera gear and laptops. There is no deductible, as there usually is with homeowners. And it covers loss, theft, damage.
beeeej From: beeeej Date: March 15th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll happily let you use my Pentax this weekend if you like, but your lenses won't fit it, so you won't have nearly as good a zoom. Let me know if I should bring it, 'cause I probably won't if you don't want to use it.
vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: March 15th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yipe. I like the idea of having him sign the camera! If you're having it repaired, though, best find a place that'll stay!
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