NEW YORK RANGERS SUIT UP FOR ESQUIRE MAGAZINE’S NOVEMBER ISSUE
Hockey players aren’t typically known for their strong sense of style though their off-ice “uniforms” continue to evolve. As the league’s most fashionable squad, the New York Rangers have proven they love to make sartorial statements. For many of the team’s stars, playing in New York has forced a major wardrobe upgrade.
The team already has a long list of stylish endeavors. They participated in a fashion photo shoot for the New York Post last season and several players have become Fashion Week fixtures. The Blueshirts also joined forces with DKNY, wearing branded practice jerseys from the fashion house during the 2011-2012 season.
The Rangers’ latest fashion venture has team members posing for Esquire’s November issue, led by the NHL’s top-dresser, Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers’ goalie was named “Most Stylish Athlete” back in September, at the 9th Annual Style Awards held at The Stage at Lincoln Center. His impeccable sense of style has rubbed off on his teammates, as evident in their shoot with the men’s magazine. Under the headline “Ice Cold Killers” and photographed by Taghi Naderzad, Rangers Michael Del Zotto, Brian Boyle, Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards modeled Fall’s best new suits.
(photo via brichards19.com)
With so many style-conscious teammates, it can be difficult to keep pace on the fashion from. Michael Del Zotto told the magazine:
“It’s a tough team. If you have something on that doesn’t look good, you get the gears from the other guys, so you don’t have a choice but to be in style. The more time I’ve spent here, the more I’ve gotten into it. Now I enjoy a nice little shopping spree by myself.”
“No one on the team has been criticized for being overdressed. If you want to look good and be a man and be confident, dressing up is one way to do it.”
When discussing the evolution of NHL style, Henrik Lundqvist said:
“I still remember the comments my first year in the NHL in 2005. People, especially the older guys, thought my suits were too tight or skinny. They weren’t into fashion as much as the young guys today are.”
“We have to wear suits to every game, and when you live in New York and you’re so exposed to fashion, it’s fun to play around with the different styles.”