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Flames Fit Check: February 2023 pregame outfit rankings

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. An up and down month on the ice brought some interesting looks.

Without further ado, let’s check out the top fits of February.

1. Dillon Dube

Beard man strikes again, taking home the fit check championship this month. The furry forward took a page out of his chin’s book with this cozy ensemble on the road.

The fabric looks oddly similar to the bath mat in front of my shower and gives a “just dropped the kids at school in my nice pyjamas” vibe. Short cuffs on the carpet pants show off some brown boots giving me flashbacks to the UGG epidemic of the 2010’s.

Regardless, I like the creativity and breaking the mould a bit. Nikita might not approve of my selection this month but Dube deserves the crown in my humble opinion.

2. Dan Vladar

To stick with the theme of Dillon’s fit, Vladar brings some fun to this blue combo. Now, I know I bashed Tanev’s dog tie earlier in the year, but it’s not the dogs that ruined that one for me.

The double breasted jacket paired with the tie makes me think of Dan as a prestigious Czech Terrier breeder headed to the Westminster Dog Show.

Along with the suit Vladar dabbles with some jewellery: an Apple Watch to allow for quick replies to Eric Francis tweets and a beaded bracelet to ward off stick breaking spirits.

3. Mikael Backlund

Everyone’s favourite Swede of late and longest tenured Flame makes his appearance in the top 5 once again. Mikael centering the 3rd line has been one, if not the only, shining success of this season thus far.

The vet’s suit reflects that loyalty for Calgary with the all red fit. It’s everything we ask for here at fit check, bold and relaxed with a professional tone.

The vest is a great touch but keeps the focus on the colour of the suit by not adding any other patterns or colours.

4.Mackenzie Weegar

Weegs cracks the top 5 this month with some contrast in a relaxed but professional look. Mackenzie ditches the suit jacket for a peacoat, rarely utilized with just a dress shirt, but pulled it off great here.

The cream coloured jacket gives come contrast between the dark pants and white shirt while drawing some attention to the gold accents on the belt buckle. Relaxed travel look in Dube spirit.

Aside from the fit, what’s up with people using wired headphones in 2023? My parents have AirPods and they’re in their 50’s and certainly don’t make $6.25M a year. Time for an upgrade.

5. Nikita Zadorov

Nikita took a slide this month, but that’s not due to a lack of effort I might add. This one is maybe the wildest yet from the big man. The whole suit is just loud. Which I can understand, it starts conversation.

In spirit of that, I asked my girlfriend her opinion, hoping to get some more informed fashion advice. In her words, “It’s just horrifically blue and frightening. Just because you have matching pants, doesn’t mean you have to wear them”. Maybe I’m not being hard enough on these guys.

Z’s velvet blue gift wrapping still deserves some attention in my opinion. Let us know where you sit on this one, nice fit or just a nice try?

Unfashionable Mention – Jonathan Huberdeau

The guys gotten a lot of negativity directed towards his play this year and it’s about time we shed some light on the fact Huberdeau is under performing in the tunnel as well.

What is this guys obsession with green? I feel like I’ve seen maybe 4 suits that haven’t included a green jacket and those stupid boat shoes. This one is far from the worst but I seriously think Jonathan might need a new style consultant.

This might be an unwarranted unfashionable mention, but seriously start tracking this guys suit colour palate. He dresses like he’s still in Florida but certainly isn’t playing like he’s still there.

All photos courtesy of @nhlflames

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