From octopi and hats thrown on the ice to the strict no-touchy-touchy rules of the conference cups, hockey and its players are known for their superstitions. What hockey players aren't known for is their style prowess (unless they're Sean Avery
, but he’s in Hartford anyways, aka irrelevant).
Wait—then why are there so many bizarre rituals surrounding what they wear and their beauty regimens? Here, five fashion and beauty regimens that leave me flabbergasted
: The Team Spirit Stick (Or, In This Case, Magic Hat):
Have you heard about the Rangers’ Broadway Hat yet? This cap is kind of like a Spirit Stick (c'mon every guy's seen Bring It On
since Kirsten Dunst plays a really hot cheerleader) for the boys in blue. The Rangers
have passed this now-beat-up black hat to the unofficial MVP of every winning game since September 2011.
The caveat here? The same player cannot win the rights to wear it two games in a row. The Broadway boys aren't ashamed of this style statement either, wearing the black fedora-style topper in important post-game press interviews. The Broadway Hat even has its own Facebook page with Blueshirts news and info plus pics of players and fans alike wearing the cap or renditions of it. Like the page here
and see the Broadway Hat Archive here
Since the team currently stands at number one in the NHL, I’d say the hat is doing the trick for them.
: Playoff Beards
(and the Staches That Love Them): Yes, playoff beards have blown up in every sport at this point, but the roots of this tradition go back in time to the 1980s Islanders. And you just can’t compare anything to hockey’s inventive execution of this style—like designers flaunting new prints down a runway every season, puck players are always putting stylish spins on the practice of not grooming.
Prime examples from the past playoff season? Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawk’s mullet
, Ranger Dubinsky's debonair porn stache
, and Vancouvers’ Sedin Twins’ with their identical ginger goatees
: Don’t Touch My Stuff! (Obsession with “accessories”): Aren’t guys supposed to be the sharing sort? I thought only chicks flipped when their sisters/best friends touched their clothing, but I guess not. Case in point: hockey players! Apparently it is very, VERY verboten to touch a players’ accessories—I mean, sticks!
Injured Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has a slew of superstitions
, but his most stylish one is the way he tapes his stick. The stick must be taped juuuuuust so, and if anyone touches it, he must re-tape. With his current concussion
and all, I’m thinking the opposing team somehow got their hands all over that thing.
: The OCD Dressing Ritual: If you give a crap about looking chic, you usually plan outfits in advance. But some NHL players will do you one better—they put their equipment on in a very certain order, and it’s not your usual t-shirt, socks, shoulder pads or something.
The direction in which you dress is what matters here. Some players go left to right, some right to left. Even the greats like Gretzky had weird robing rituals
involving order, and this article on Chicago Blackhawks’ superstitions
show that the practice is alive and well in the league today
: Odd Off-Ice Workout Regiments: I’m sure you’re wondering how these muscular men keep their beautiful bodies in, er, check. Yeah, they’re workin’ it on the rink, but some, like the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin
, have a beauty secret. For Ovi, that secret is plenty of sexy time
This rowdy Russian isn't talking your run-of-the-mill once a week rendez-vous or anything. He credits getting intimate before and after a game with his success. Hey, it's better than the steroids those MLB boys are doing, eh? At press time, Ovechkin apparently just came back from an injury. I wonder how many “get better” times he took to the bed?