The Agony of Defeat! (Now in Stories)

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© James Wiley

Photo license: © All rights reserved

Place: Visitors dressing room, the old Checkerdome in St. Louis.
Time: Moments after the Winnipeg Jets were eliminated from the 1982 NHL playoffs by the St. Louis Blues.
Jets Captain Dave Christian (right) and Lucien DeBlois (I think) reflect on the loss of a shot at the Stanley Cup. Done exclusively for the Winnipeg Free press.
NOTE: Bailey Cooper says it looks like Norm Dupont, not DeBlois...I think she's correct.

In my 'Sports and Action' collection.
In my 'Photojournalism' collection.

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25 responses

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (29 Jan 2013):

    Souful capture, especially of Lucien DeBlois, one shot and you can see it on both faces. A moment in time, captured beautifully.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (29 Jan 2013):

    Definitely captured the mood of defeat.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (29 Jan 2013):

    The look of disappointment and disbelief captured so well. Wonderful work James!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (29 Jan 2013):

    I really love the expressions on their faces. Another good one James!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (29 Jan 2013):


  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (30 Jan 2013):

    The guy on the left looks like Norm Dupont. Cool candid shot.

  • Brenda Gallant

    Brenda Gallant gave props (30 Jan 2013):

    so wonderfully Capture this moment !

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (30 Jan 2013):

    Great capture, very human.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (30 Jan 2013):

    Great dbl portrait!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (30 Jan 2013):

    The body language says it all...well captured James.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 Jan 2013):

    Even though they're inches apart, each is completely alone in his thoughts of woulda-coulda-shoulda. Perfect capture.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (30 Jan 2013):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (30 Jan 2013):

    No need to ask how the game went, their faces and body language tell it all. Excellent capture, James!!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (30 Jan 2013):

    Very emotional, their faces say it all. A powerful capture, James!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (31 Jan 2013):

    This image is worth 1000 words!

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (31 Jan 2013):

    Tells a story

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    Their expressions say it all....

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    Regret and disappointment, good catch!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (2 Feb 2013):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    fantastic shot! their expressions say it all.

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (4 Feb 2013):

    Great shot.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (5 Feb 2013):

    No doubt as to what they're feeling. Masterfully captured.

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (5 Feb 2013):

    The agony is well reflected on their faces, extraordinary shot!

  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston said (1 Mar 2013):

    wonderful atmosphere to this shot.

  • Antonio Romero

    Antonio Romero gave props (8 Mar 2013):

    So much emotion, such an extraordinary capture

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