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The final week of our series highlighting the NHL’s pregame style has arrived and with it comes an appreciation for the classic menswear that anchors the league. Double-breasted suits, showstopping outerwear jackets, luxury lifestyle sneakers, and hats pulled from seemingly every conceivable era of menswear history, this season has reimagined the notion of “hockey style” altogether. Amid the NFL playoffs and the NBA regular season, we’re seeing players and coaches alike abandon tailored formalwear in lieu of amorphous knitwear and matching sweatsuits. And while we’re not here to critique self-expression, there’s been something utterly refreshing in seeing players operate and experiment within the bounds of traditional menswear. From immaculately tailored suits to outstanding outerwear, this week’s NHL pregame style is an ode to the traditions that anchor its dress code.
Michael McCarron #47 of the Nashville Predators
Towering over the majority of the league at 6’6”, Michael McCarron experienced his fair share of stylistic growing pains since first being drafted in 2013. At times, it’d look as if his jackets were about to burst from the seams. Other times, they’d drape loosely over his frame. But throughout the 2023-2024 season, McCarron has found his stride, selecting stylish cuts and receiving the expert tailoring necessary to complement his frame. Sporting a timeless navy blue two-button pinstripe suit with classic black leather Oxfords, the veteran winger makes the case for elevated simplicity.
Sean Monahan #91 of the Montreal Canadiens
A head-turning outerwear jacket doesn’t necessarily require an audacious pattern or predominantly vibrant colours (despite what Auston Matthews might attest). Instead, Sean Monahan entered the arena against his Edmonton rivals in this stunning black topcoat with canary yellow trim. Braving Quebec winters is a feat that should be celebrated in and of itself. Doing so in outerwear that balances function and fashion? That’s something else entirely. He paired the monochrome look with leather Oxfords, a black turtleneck, and matching beanie.
Tommy Novak #82 of the Nashville Predators
We all have our go-to outfit, the one that frames us just right and guarantees a compliment in any context. Well, this season, Tommy Novak has proven that NHL stars are just like the rest of us when it comes to favouring a tried-and-true combination. Several times this season, Novak has strolled through the pregame tunnel in this light-blue suit, brown leather Oxfords, and signature grey beanie that’s become a staple for the veteran centre. A slim-fit two-button suit in a light tone offers a fresh aesthetic to the typical suit silhouette, especially when grounded by a quality pair of shoes.
Zach Whitecloud #2 of the Vegas Golden Knights
Las Vegas defenceman Zach Whitecloud had his hands full in a literal sense ahead of this past week’s divisional matchup with Calgary, armed with a pair of coffees and white Nike trainers. But despite any potential inconvenience, Whitecloud has proven to be a man of tradition when it comes to his pregame entrances — the ritual encompasses everything from his java run to his patented flat cap. Paired with a light brown topcoat, black pants, and minimalist slip-on loafers, Whitecloud’s flat cap balances this modern look with vintage English sensibility. We aren’t mad about the Rolex Submariner as his wristwatch of choice either.
Nicolas Hague #14 of the Vegas Golden Knights
Nicolas Hague has long had a preference for suits that diverge from the slim-fit silhouette that’s become commonplace in NHL locker rooms over the past few seasons. Thankfully, his suits don’t drift too far into “2003 NBA Draft” degrees of bagginess. Instead, many of his suits — like this deep forest green two-button piece — offer a more relaxed, contemporary fit. Complemented with yet another Rolex Submariner and black horsebit loafers, Hague’s look is a crash course in sophisticated comfort.