Welcome to The Win Column’s Flames Fit Check, your monthly destination for Calgary Flames pregame fashion. Now, not by any means am I really qualified to give any opinions on fashion, but that’s the best part about the internet—I don’t have to be qualified. That being said, throughout the season you’ll be seeing my top five pregame fits and an unfashionable mention that turned some heads for the wrong reasons.
Without further ado, let’s check out the best outfits of October.
1. Nikita Zadorov
Anyone who follows the Calgary Flames on Twitter knows how often the 6’5″ Russian defenceman headlines the pregame posts. An all brown suit with a simple white shirt. Brown leather shoes with an interesting strap. Polka-dots on the tie bring out the shirt and the glasses give the look a real “I had a hard day wining and dining clients at a ritzy restaurant for four hours” vibe.
Aside from the simple, casual colours going on here Nikita’s modern short hemmed ankle will allow for dry pants in the event of a pregame October flash flood. In such a case, those shoes can come off quickly, they look too expensive for Zadorov to risk having them waterlogged.
2. Michael Stone
From PTO to making the team, Stone could make it on the runway too. Stone brings it all in here with this Kingsman-like ensemble. White shirt, matching pocket square in the paisley print jacket with the silver buttons. A mere bystander might assume Michael to work for the King’s secret service (RIP QEII) instead of a grizzled farm boy from small town Alberta. Black pants and shoes complement the tie, completing the veteran’s look. The only thing keeping this photo off the cover of a magazine is the beautiful Saddledome parking lot donning the background.
3. Blake Coleman
The two-way forward reigns in the first casual no tie look of this month’s Fit Check. A simple look that’s well-executed, it sort of gives me “I just got my real estate license and I’ve already had an offer on my first listing” vibes. Maybe not the most intimidating look or the most runway-ready, but it’s perfectly right in the middle. Blake seems to have gained inspiration from Nikita’s cobbler and gotten himself some tasseled navy blue slippers to tie the whole thing together.
4. Nazem Kadri
Look good, feel good, play good. That’s Nazem Kadri. Now this is the only pregame outfit I’ve seen from Kadri this season that doesn’t include a toque, but something must be working with those early season point totals. Pinstripes out of the 1920s and black leather sneakers to combine street casual with tommy guns and suicide doors. Kadri’s no tie look is common to see out of the forward pregame, but he left his socks at home as well—hopefully there weren’t any blisters. Coleman had it figured out with the slippers and Kadri’s simply following suit. Comfort over everything.
5. Milan Lucic
How could I not include the pregame legend, Milan Lucic. Luc isn’t afraid to wander outside the boundaries of business casual, evidently. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m no fashion expert, but this Dwayne Johnson turtleneck and chain combined with the purple jacket and rolled up sleeves really makes me intimidated. It’s fun, but still says: “I’ll knock your teeth out with the disco ball.” It’s the perfect embodiment of Lucic as a player. Also, do shoes still have laces? I’m way behind on fashion here.
Unfashionable Mention – Jacob Markstrom
Vezina-calibre performance in the crease, that’s great. But I’m not sure who let Jacob Markstrom leave the house on October 18. I will say, it is nice to see that the sweater my Great Grandmother made me last Christmas is getting some use as a suit jacket now. It’s kind of like if a sock monkey was a vacuum salesman living in his car. That might be a bit harsh. Really, it’s a bold fashion statement and like we’ve discussed, I have no authority giving fashion advice.
Aside from the jacket, this wouldn’t be a horrible outfit. Nice blue tie matches the pants and didn’t try to reinvent the wheel going with a white shirt. The cherry on top, what appears to be boat shoes? Maybe this is a common Swedish sea lawyer look but I’m not catching the same drift as Jacob.
Stay tuned next month for another handful of seriously unserious fashion takes.
All photos from @NHLFlames.