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The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s can feel like a bit of a fever dream: you’re in between celebrations, still reeling from an overbooked social calendar, and not yet ready to set forth on those ambitious New Year’s resolutions. But, even amidst our holiday inertia, professional sports wage on. The NHL is no exception. Last week, the league’s full slate of games not only offered an excuse to slip out of your social functions and catch the final period of action, but a preview of the style trends that might headline the new year. From all-white suits to Nike Dunks, take inspiration from this week’s NHL pregame style as you cruise into 2024.
Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes
Throughout his career, Svechnikov has debuted an array of looks, from blue pinstripe suits to dizzying white and red checkered blazers. But in a sea of outfits, there’s been only one constant: his white sneakers. Every man has at least one staple item that transitions effortlessly from look to look. Sometimes it’s a vintage timepiece, other times it’s as simple as a favourite tie clip. But for this 23-year-old, it’s as simple as a clean pair of kicks.
Keegan Kolesar #55 of the Vegas Golden Knights
Alongside teammate Jack Eichel, Keegan Kolesar has firmly established himself as the second half of the NHL’s most stylish duo. Some of our favourite looks of the season have been Kolesar’s vintage-inspired double-breasted suits and tan overcoats that look stripped from a 1940s film noir. But last week, the winger debuted a dark burgundy two-button suit and black leather Chelsea boots that were coded in quintessential modern menswear. Accessorized with circular polarized shades and what looks like a Rolex Submariner, Kolesar’s look feels intentional from head to toe.
Jordan Martinook #48 of the Carolina Hurricanes
Left winger Jordan Martinook quickly stole the hearts of Carolina fans upon being traded to the Hurricanes with his larger-than-life personality. But despite Martinook’s beloved eccentricities, when it comes to his personal style, he’s proven to have a penchant for subtler, more traditional menswear. Here, he enters the arena in a sharp black suit, white tie, and black patterned tie. Although, Martinook does a great job of differentiating the outfit with a pair of black leather monk strap shoes. We’ve seen more of this style in pregame tunnels lately, suggesting it may very well be next year’s trend.
Nicolas Hague #14 of the Vegas Golden Knights
The once hard-and-fast fashion mandate to not wear white after Labour Day has (thankfully) become a relic of the past, as evidenced by Vegas’ Nicolas Hague. Before a matchup against the Ottawa Senators in late December, the defenceman pulled out a cream suit that’s become one of his favourites this season. Paired with a subtle brown floral tie and blue shirt, Hague’s outfit is a tasteful yet adamant resistance towards traditional winter style.
Martin Necas #88 of the Carolina Hurricanes
While being dubbed a “sneakerhead” seems like a common distinction throughout NBA and NFL locker rooms, it’s rare to find someone as invested in sneaker culture in the hockey world. Yet, ever since entering the league in 2017, the Hurricanes’ Martin Necas has been the exception to the rule; he’s worn everything from grailed Christian Dior platform sneakers to all-white Prada New Avenue Low Tops. Last week, when he paired a dazzling light-blue double-breasted suit with a pair of Nike Dunks in Midnight Navy and White, Necas was the envy of every sneakerhead. Those following the sneaker market know these are some of the most difficult Nike Dunks to get your hands on, making Necas’ outfit a rare gem of the holiday season.