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2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook

andrew eccles photography Andrew Eccles grew up in Toronto playing hockey almost every day of the year. Like most Canadian kids he was obsessed. When he turned twelve his parents took him and his sister on vacation to Hawaii. Before the trip was done, his Dad had bought a house and four months later moved the entire family to the Big Island, thus ending young Andy’s dream of becoming a player in the NHL. Although there were no ice rinks in Hawaii, Andrew’s father gave him a Pentax 35 mm camera, perhaps out of guilt, and before long, Eccles was shooting with that instead of a stick and a puck. He practiced like he had playing hockey and over time he got pretty good. After high school, Andrew returned to Toronto to study photography at the Ontario College of Art and at the age of 20, moved to New York City where he assisted famed Celebrity Photographer Annie Leibovitz for 3 grueling years. This was the experience he needed to go out on his own, and soon Andrew was shooting celebrities, models, dancers and athletes himself for magazines and advertising clients all over the world. He’s been doing just that for 30 years now. In 2000, Andrew was assigned to shoot Theo Fleury, who just signed with the New York Rangers, for ESPN the Magazine. By the end of the session, the Rangers organization invited Andrew to come back and photograph the whole team. Andrew and the Rangers have been collaborating ever since; in fact this will be the 17th year in a row that Andrew’s photographs of the players, coaches, executives, and training staff have graced the New York Rangers Yearbook. Throughout Andrew’s career he has received numerous awards from both the Society of Publication Designers and Communication Arts. American Photography Magazine named Andrew, “One of the 100 Most Important People in the Industry” in 1998, and his iconic portrait of Robin Williams for the cover of the New York Times Magazine, taken in the year 2000, is housed in a time capsule installed behind the Museum of Natural History in New York City, not to be reopened until the year 3000. Andrew’s first book Ailey Ascending, published in 2008, celebrates The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th Anniversary solidifying Andrew’s longtime collaboration with the Company. If you’d like to see more of Andrew’s work, including his previous portraits of Ranger greats Mark Messier and Mike Richter, you can visit his website at www.andreweccles.com For the record ,Andrew did suit up and get back on the ice when he turned 40. He’s been playing at both Chelsea Piers and Lasker Rink ever since and intends to keep shooting with his stick and his camera for as long as he possibly can.


2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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