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I'd tend to disagree with the idea to crop out the rafters. For me, it gives a sense of "enormity" of what it is to play hockey at the professional level. The large stadium, many fans, the banners of historic players from days past (albeit the Panthers don't really have that history yet).
The cropped photo is a little more intimate, but to me it loses that "gravity" (so-to-speak) of that larger photo.
I can definitely feel your frustration due to the speed of the game. You need some fast glass to keep up. I find myself shooting a lot of goalie shots since they are relatively slow moving compared to the rest of the skaters. I was also a goalie during my playing days, so there's probably a little bias there.