The Edmonton Oilers have been on a hot streak lately, winning seven in a row, hitting milestone after milestone, and clinching home-ice advantage for the first round of playoffs. That’s not the only thing hot for Oilers though. With a handful of away games, the fellas also brought the heat off the ice.
It won’t be long until the Oilers head into “Game 83” so let’s take a look back at some of the hottest fits (and one not so hot) to end off the regular season.
The new guys adding their own Oilers flair
Both Mattias Ekholm and Nick Bjugstad have shown to be spectacular additions to the team.
Here they are heading into the arena before the big defeat over Pacific Division rivals, Los Angeles Kings. Ekholm is donning a subtle plaid charcoal suit. Sharp and refined, much like his game. His beard properly groomed, ready to head into the playoffs.
Bjugstad is rocking the no tie, open collar look underneath a slick blue suit. His style reflective of his play style, simple yet sophisticated.
Having a little fun
Klim Kostin and Evander Kane are no longer the new guys for the Oilers but they both still play vital roles. The pair have a fun and playful relationship with OilersTV host, Tony Brar. Here they are giving Brar a run for his money as they play reporter.
Kostin’s style echoes his personality both on and off the ice. He leads the team in hits and second in penalty minutes, showing he’s not afraid to do what it takes on the ice. Similarly this fit reflects he also isn’t afraid to make some interesting fashion choices. A mismatched suit combo and indoor sunglasses somehow just works for the 6’3” Russian forward, or at the very least gives off “don’t mess with me” vibes.
Evander Kane makes an appearance in a green subtly pinstriped suit with checkered button-up. A stark contrast from Kostin, Kane hasn’t been able to produce for the team being riddled with injuries. However, if Kane’s suit game is any indication of his playoffs game to come, the Oilers should have nothing to worry about.
RNH bringing his A game
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is having the absolute best season of his career (so far), and plays a huge role in the team’s success. Here he is heading into what would be his 100-point night against the Anaheim Ducks. A very sleek slim-fit suit with a black skinny tie to match. He went with the perfect colour choice: emerald green, a gem as rare and timeless as the Nuge himself.
On Hockey Night in Canada After Hours, Nugent-Hopkins was interviewed by Scott Oake and Louie Debrusk. This was after an overtime loss at home against the Vegas Golden Knights. However, that didn’t stop him from bringing his best energy to the interview.
The interview reflected on the longest tenured Oiler’s history with the team. A navy blue suit, complemented by a black and white checkered tie for the soon-to-be father. Of course, the most asked question is if this will be the year of the Nuge playoff beard. Although a playoff beard may never be in reach for him, the Stanley Cup very well might be.
Soup is piping hot in more ways than one
Jack Campbell is on a hot streak winning his last four games. Here he is on his way to intimidate Anaheim coming off a shutout against them and ready to do it again in their own barn. A very bold choice: the merlot red, three-piece ensemble with a double-breasted vest, and a patterned black and white tie. Has he finally found his groove between the pipes? One thing is for sure, Soup is hot and he’s only just starting to cook.
How could Vinny Desharnais also not be mentioned? The 6’6” defender looking like a MI6 agent in his classic black suit and wireless earbuds completing the bodyguard look.
Another honourable mention in this picture is Leon Draisaitl with simple black suit, no-tie, open collared, no-show socks, and what looks like suede slip-ons. An absolutely dangerous combo that would stop anyone dead in their tracks.
The German phenom
Speaking of Draisaitl, he scored his eighth career hat trick recently. The NHL’s second best is undoubtedly having one of the best seasons of his career. Here he is again with an open collared light blue shirt in a charcoal suit managing to still look like a supermodel after a dominating game. Why yes, that is a semblance of a smile. Pissy or not, we love to see Draisaitl succeed.
Captain Connor showing some personality
Connor McDavid made an appearance at the 2023 JUNO awards to introduce Nickelback—his favourite band—into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. It’s rare to see the captain smile while fans and media alike seem to harp on his lack of personality.
McDavid was once again the centre of attention at Rogers Place, just not in his usual orange and blue. The captain kept it simple with a plain white t-shirt underneath a royal blue suit and some sneakers. Although he has some questionable music taste, McDavid’s style on and off the ice is nothing to scoff at.
Oh, no, Derek Ryan. Has anyone living in the 21st century successfully pulled off the news boy cap? The 36-year-old forward was recently nominated for the Bill Masterton award but I don’t think he will be nominated for anything fashion related anytime soon.
Photos from @EdmontonOilers