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As we near the NHL season’s halfway mark next week, fans have learned what to expect from teams both on and off the ice to a great degree. Coaches have all but cemented their lineups, power rankings fluctuate less drastically from game to game, and we’ve grown accustomed to our favourite players’ pregame style tendencies. We know Martin Necas to head into each game in a new pair of grailed sneakers and Las Vegas’ Jack Eichel to brave the desert heat in a knitted turtleneck without breaking a sweat. Consistency wins championships, after all.
Still, this week’s athletes prove that, despite our preconceptions, the NHL’s style authorities are always willing to take a left turn. From Prada pullovers to Canadian-made custom suits, this week’s NHL tunnel is an ode to timeless style with modern twists.
Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens
Cole Caufield’s suit selections could be best described as “unapologetically bold” through the first half of the season. But this week’s grey checkered suit offers a breath of fresh air to those who lean towards a more traditional aesthetic. He paired the look with a grey wool tie, which works surprisingly well with the suit pattern to inject additional texture. Of course, in true Caufield fashion, he personalized the look with a distinctive pair of black leather monk strap boots.
Mark Giordano #55 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs’ veteran Mark Giordano quietly became one of the most stylish men in hockey this season, largely thanks to his partnership with the Yorkville-based made-to-measure menswear experts at Atelier Munro. Featuring Munro’s widest lapel double-breasted suit in a light flannel with thick pinstripes, Giordano draws the blueprint for how immaculately a custom suit should fit. With such an understated look, the beauty often lies in the details. According to Munro, Giordano’s shirt is made custom from high-quality chambray featuring mother-of-pearl buttons.
Matt Duchene #95 of the Dallas Stars
Matt Duchene made waves earlier this season when he entered the pregame tunnel wearing a full Carhartt suit. And although the hype was justified, he might have outdone himself this past week by once again marrying classic menswear with a modern (and utterly chaotic) twist. Coming in the form of a dark blue patterned jacket and vest, black shirt and tie, and a pair of rattlesnake cowboy boots, Duchene offered Dallas fans yet another ode to Texas since signing with the Stars this summer. Typically, it’s hard to overshadow a watch as bold as Duchene’s Panerai Luminor with a black calfskin strap but, then again, rattlesnake cowboy boots are the exception to every style statute.
Henry Thrun #3 of the San Jose Sharks
As a rookie drafted fairly late in the draft, Sharks defenceman Henry Thrun hasn’t had much of a chance to show off his style acumen this season. But what Thrun has come to realize both on and off the ice is that, when you get your chance to shine, you can’t risk an error. Dressed in a simple light-grey suit with a blue patterned tie, Thrun paired the look with a brown belt and matching Apron Toe Oxfords. Sometimes, the simplicity of an outfit allows its cohesiveness to shine, which is precisely the case with this clean-cut look.
Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Where Thrun’s look is grounded in humility and subtlety, Auston Matthews’ style has never been accused of either. Since he arrived in Toronto, Matthews has emerged as one of the few NHL talents willing to truly experiment with notions of modern menswear, from outlandish overcoat patterns to scarves large enough to rival the OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka. But last week, the All-Star took a more grounded approach, layering a sharp black jacket over a white Prada turtleneck with a silver timepiece.
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