2016 NHL Awards: A Fashion Post Mortem

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are we sure Andersen isn’t a secret Staal brother? 

Will Arnett is hosting the NHL Awards live from Las Vegas and I think is the only arm (save for Frederik Andersen, who probably still hasn’t stepped foot in town yet) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the room. Our show begins with a bit about Will begging Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel to co-host with him. The show is also making strides to be relevant with all the usage of electronic dance music. They probably just ran around Electric Daisy Carnival yelling “WE NEED MUSIC THE KIDS ARE INTO” and here we are. 

It’s a great thing that Will is wearing a blue suit and tie because it compliments his orange tan so well. And that is a fact, kids. That is colour theory at play. And he drives home his bleeding blue and white status by informing us all how he’s wearing Leafs socks and underwear. “And the Leafs playoff beard!” I don’t even care he’s mocking the Leafs; the jokes just aren’t even funny because we’ve heard them years on end. 

There is some little actor named Jacob Tremblay in a Canucks jersey to present the Calder, and he has better joke delivery than Will. Honestly, his comedic timing is aces. I’ve already opted to give up on recapping the award contents when Arnett made a gross joke about host Erin Heatherton and essentially pointed out she’s there to be looked at. 

Scrolling through Getty – we’re going to hit the highlights of the fashion highlights. Or, whatever I have the ability to embed.

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PK showed up in a crisp white jack with a custom patch and put all the other fools to shame. PK is on a Tom Haverford fashion level, and I love it. Is this an exclusive club jacket? How do I get one? Wait, is this actually silver? Let’s all look at PK a second and thinking about how you’re at least spared a fashion recap of the golf outing. Most players showed up to the awards looking like Men’s Warehouse.

For reasons I don’t understand, Jason Priestly is at the NHL Awards and looks fantastic. The pattern in his suit is subtle, and his tie is crisp. Well groomed facial hair. Tailoring!!! Essentially, this is how I hope for hockey players to look. 

Braden Holtby is daring wearing tweed, in the summer, in fabulous Las Vegas. The shoes look suede, and this is an excellent example of mixing textures to keep the look interesting. I’d guess this is a three piece, and the lapels aren’t smoothed out. This is an outfit that takes effort, and it shows he wanted to look better than off the rack. 

Mark Giordano looks a bit like a Bond villain with a dash of Merlin from Kingsman: The Secret Service. The tones are in the right family, and the tie being darkest is a lovely accent. Look at this suit fitting! Splendid. Hey, he just won an award. I looked up and noticed this suit is all greys, and it is picturing blues. Still, an excellent complete look. 

Jim Halpert goes to a wedding I guess? I’m so bored. The bulk of my criticism is the brown belt and shoes (thank you for matching!) just doesn’t work with this event. This is also more of a casual boardroom look instead of an “I’m potentially winning something my name is engraved on.” 

I just wanted a reason to include a photo of Pascal Dupuis. Both have a solid look. Nothing flashy, which I don’t expect them to do. It’s just nice. Sidney, you should have shined your shoes. Come on. 

I’m so sorry this is awkward and painful, Barkov. POWER POSES. Those are a thing you should learn. It is nice you decided on some colour, however, button up that shirt and toss on a tie. Stop trying to be the cool science teacher. 

Mats! If only you had some reflective surface or digital device to examine your image and fix your tie!!!!!!! However, he does have it at the proper length which is skimming the belt buckle. I’m sure some of the taller players struggle with this. Though, if Chara can find a tie that’s long enough, so should everyone else. I admire his commitment to the long hair. He keeps it clean, and it always looks so soft. What conditioner do you use? Please don’t say Suave. 

Bish, this jacket is everything. Appropriately Vegas without camp. Ee, oh eleven, indeed. He brought a winning smile and knows his angles so he photographs well. 

Also in the Danny Ocean crew is Brent! The confidence of wearing a jewel-tone suit in a smooth and shiny finish. Look at the vest, get a load of that vest! Everything is so exquisite, and Brent shows up as he is without the teeth but with the hair and tiny pony situation. It is weird enough to round out the look. 

Thank you for joining me on this fashion roundup! We’ll circle up on this again when all the offseason pics start rolling in and I begin sobbing over all the dad shorts and New Balance sneaker ensembles. 

  • Gary Empey

    NHL Official Expansion Draft Rules

    Protection Rules

    Many of the rules are exactly as expected. Teams will be allowed to protect, as anticipated, either seven forwards and three defensemen or eight skaters total; they will only be allowed to protect one goaltender, regardless of how they choose to distribute their other protected players. Any players protected by their team will not be eligible for selection by Las Vegas at the expansion draft.

    The players who are required to be protected will include all players with effective no-movement clauses, which must be effective through the 2017-18 season (and not, as reported by certain sources ahead of the announcement, those that will expire in the summer of 2017). Those players will count against a team’s protected player limit, despite the fact that teams will have no choice but to protect them.

    The good news, though, is that – as expected – teams will have a list of players who will not need to be protected. Any unsigned draft picks will be ‘expansion draft immune’, as will any players who are first or second year professionals. Any signed players who have not yet gone pro, such as CHL skaters who have been loaned back to their clubs, will fall under this immunity list.

    Clubs must submit this protected list by 5:00 PM EST on June 17, 2017.
    Exposure Rules

    Teams will be required to expose a certain number of players – as is expected, since the team will only be allowed to protect up to 11 players in total.

    To prevent what commissioner Gary Bettman referred to as ‘shenanigans’, though, the league has set forth a series of rules for which players must be exposed.

    Each team will be required to expose at least two forwards, one defenseman, and one goaltender who are under contract for the 2017-18 season. The forwards and defenseman must have played in at least 40 NHL games in the 2016-17 season or 70 combined games between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

    As some teams may not have two goaltenders under contract for the 2017-18 season who are not expansion draft immune – one to protect and one to expose – the league will allow a team to expose a goaltender who is not under contract for the 2017-18 campaign, so long as he is a pending restricted free agent and the team has extended him a qualifying offer prior to submitting their list of protected players.

    Players who have missed more than 60 consecutive games with what the league deems ‘career-ending’ injuries do not count for a team’s required exposed player list.
    Las Vegas Selection Rules

    The Las Vegas franchise will be required to select 30 players at the expansion draft, taking one from each NHL franchise. The expansion club will be required to select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders, with at least 20 of those players under contract for the 2017-18 season.

    The players who are selected must combine for an aggregate salary between 60 and 100 percent of the confirmed salary cap upper limit for the 2017-18 season, and Las Vegas may not buy out any players they select in the expansion draft earlier than the summer of 2018.

    Las Vegas will be required to submit their list of expansion draft selections by 5:00 PM EST on June 20, 2017, with the selections to be announced on June 21, 2017 by the league.

  • Mitch92

    Some one has to teach the guys how to properly dress. I see too many of them with a single button jacket and it done up. They need to to follow the classic sometimes, always, never rule (3 button jacket from the top); sometimes, never (2 button jacket from the top); Never (1 button jacket). You can buy nice cars and fancy clothes but never class.