After the ninety-eight day Summer of Stanley in Chicago, salve Blackhawks hockey returned to the UC last night in style and with a vengeance. After pre-game festivities that included a red-capret arrival and the raising of the Stanley Cup Banner, no rx the Hawks went on to beat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in a fast-paced, view high-scoring game, capping off a perfect and memorable opening night for the Blackhawks and their adorning fans.
Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Bollig (Bollig’s first career goal as a Blackhawk) all had goals in the season opener against a very skilled and talented Capitals team led by Mikhail Grabovsky and Alex Ovechkin.
With eighty-one more games ahead of us, we’ve got plenty of action to look forward to in the months to come. So, let’s turn our attention to the fashion that was on display last night when the Hawks walked the red carpet.
As part of their new tradition to each start of the season, the Blackhawks rolled out the red carpet last night for the season opener at the UC creating a fan experience that we love to critique. As expected, anxious fans lined up hours before the red-carpet ceremonies began around 4:15 p.m. when the Hawks arrived in stretch limousines.
In their last red-capret experience, SDI Blackhawks correspondent Victoria Kendzierski gave a few high marks while handing out a few ‘misses’ to they guy’s choice in suits and attire.
This time around, the Hawks as a group looked tailored and sleek – no nasty mullets, ugly jackets or disheveled suits, the men in red and black are clearly up to speed on fall fashion trends with the majority of the guys following the minimalist power suit look that is all the rave this Fall. However, there were a few who chose to go their own way.
Best Dressed: Patrick Kane
My best dressed award goes to none other than Kaner. Last night the star winger reminded us once again that the bad-boy Kaner is as distant of a memory as that ugly lockout last year. Gone are the playoff mullet and racing stripes, Kane’s new do is short and perfectly coifed. His two-button, slim-cut grey suit has just enough sheen in it that keeps it classy and modern and his flat panel pants fit perfectly. The raisin colored tie is the perfect finish bringing in a flash of fall.
Biggest Risk Taker: Patrick Sharp
Without having to rattle off the ZZ Top line that Sharpie has come to emulate as one of the best dressed and best looking guys on the squad, Sharp was perfect once again and was by far the most fashion-forward of the group easily pulling off another fall trend: bright blues. This English cut jacket resembles something you would find on Savile Row, with hints of blue that offset the bright blue tie and dark navy slacks. I love that Sharpie took advantage of the 75 degree weather and wore a jacket that is suitable for the warmer months.
Most Improved: Duncan Keith
This one surprised me. Our favorite toothless blue line tormentor looked sexy as all hell in this classic black slim-cut suit, white shirt and what looks like it could be a Burberry tie. A big improvement from his usual disheveled suits of the past.
Biggest Miss: Bryan Bickell
I don’t understand this one. Getting married and having a large disposable income usually improves a guy’s taste in clothes and wardrobe choices. However, it seems as if Bickell is still clueless when it comes to what is acceptable on the runway. We’ve always known that Bickell has a “unique” taste in fashion, but when it comes to the red carpet, we expect a little more effort. The black shirt ruins this great looking suit and I’m not sure where he was going with this tie selection either.
Bickell will not only have the pressure of performing on the ice this season after inking a 4-year $16 million contract extension this summer, but he also needs to step it up in the style department if he wants to hang with these other lookers.