You may not see cameraman Nathan Eidse in action, but if you’ve watched hockey on Canadian sports channel TSN, you’ve probably seen his work.
VIDEOS BY INSPIRE MORE
During the world junior men’s hockey championship in Scotiabank Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nathan was one of two cameramen who covered the action by getting right into the thick of it. Dressed all in white, including a custom-made white camera cover, Nathan glides across the ice to capture angles that wouldn’t nomally be possible.
Listen I know this Bedard guy is decent…– Nasher (@TheNasher61) December 29, 2022
But can we admire the camera work from the dude on the ice, circling the red hat, while getting Bedard in frame? That shot is unreal. pic.twitter.com/1byTrewwNg
Nathan’s unique white camouflage was, in part, the brain child of hockey great Wayne Gretzky.
“We were at the hotel after one of the games with my director, [play-by-play man] Gord Miller and Wayne Gretzky,” Nathan told the CBC. “Wayne Gretzky was saying, ‘I love it… but we’ve got to cover that camera in white.’ That’s where the white camera cover came from.”
On-ice cameramen have been used in European hockey, but the men’s world juniors was the first time they were allowed in Canadian hockey. Both fans and players noticed the new angle, and the skilled camera operator manning the equipment.
“He’s getting cool shots of the boys,” said Canadian defenseman Brandt Clarke. “I’ve seen him almost get bumped into. When I scored against Germany, I smiled for him,” the player added.
Austrian forward Vinzenz Rohrer said seeing Nathan skating among the players during games was “weird the first time,” but the proof is in the pudding. His televised shots are incredible!
“Hats off to this guy,” said Vinzenz. “He always sneaks through everybody.”
Nathan is a former goalie himself, which explains why he’s so good on skates. He says he does worry about getting hit by a puck or getting in the way of the action, but he says he’s careful to “pick my moments and get in there.”
“It’s not lost on me that I have the best seat in the house,” he said. “It’s pretty neat to be in the middle of everything.”
Fans have also taken notice of the camouflaged cameraman. During the game between Canada and Sweden three fans showed up dressed up as Nathan! While he’s flattered, the cameraman admits it’s a strange feeling to get attention at work.
“I’m behind the camera for a reason,” he said. “I’m a pretty modest individual. I don’t like to detract from what the camera’s actually providing. It’s weird to get the attention.”
You can run, but you can’t hide! We see you crushing your job out there, Nathan! It’s nice to see a behind-the-scenes guy recognized for his hard work.
Watch Nathan with his new cult following in the clip below, and don’t forget to share.
Want to be happier in just 5 minutes a day? Sign up for Morning Smile and join over 455,000+ people who start each day with good news.