NHL style power rankings: Auston Matthews, Blake Coleman and some Boston flair


Our NHL style rankings have seen a fair share of players donning hats and blazers, even full suit combos. Calgary Flames forward Blake Coleman, who’s in the midst of a career season, has taken it one step further by donning Stetson hats with his outfits. He credits a Calgary-based World of Vici store stylist for his suits.

“I just have a guy here in Calgary that wanted to play a little dress-up this year,” Coleman said.

As for the hats, Coleman got himself hooked after wearing an Open Road Stetson while attending the Academy of Country Music Awards in Dallas last summer. Owning one turned into owning multiple hats. Even Coleman’s wife, Jordan, grabbed some during the Flames’ road stop in Dallas last November. Coleman also received a Stetson as a birthday gift.

“What’s that old expression? Look good, play good, feel good,” Coleman said. “It’s fun to mix it up a little bit. I was pretty simple earlier in my career. Now that I have the luxury to go get some new stuff, I’ve enjoyed it. My wife used to poke fun at my suit game. I think she’s probably the happiest of anybody.”

Coleman now is considered a style rankings regular for The Athletic. He’s been a part of stiff competition with some of the league’s best dressers, including Auston Matthews, Adam Fantilli — and a mystery player who had us scrambling for an updated photo in this week’s edition.


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McKenzie: I liked this outfit from Fantilli this week: the dark coat with a dark purple suit. I don’t mind the conservative choice of a black tuque, as it matches the outfit, but he blends in white well through his shirt and shoes.

Powers: The next generation of NHL stars definitely know how to dress. We’ve seen it from Fantilli and Connor Bedard throughout this season. This look from Fantilli is simple, but it has purpose and some color variation, from the black to the maroon to the white.

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Powers: This was our most bizarre rankings so far. After Julian and I calculated our points system, there were four ties, and we had to flip a coin to determine the winner for each spot. Trocheck lost to Vladislav Gavrikov. Still, Trocheck made the list this week. I love the color and texture of his jacket. The tie complements it well.

McKenzie: The suit jacket fits Trocheck perfectly, and I love the light-colored tie on top of the white shirt. I wish we got a better look at the watch here, because judging by the gold color, we’ve got a good one.

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Vladislav Gavrikov Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings

McKenzie: With respect to PL Dubois’ green suit with no belt (come on!), we preferred his teammate’s look. Gavrikov chose a sea-blue, three-piece ensemble paired with white sneakers and a white pocket square.

Powers: Sometimes the color of a suit can do all the talking for you. Nothing too crazy about this look for Gavrikov, but it’s a bold color, and it works on him.

Vladislav Gavrikov Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings

Sam Reinhart Florida Panthers

Florida Panthers

McKenzie: The faded patterns on Reinhart’s blazer gives off a really cool retro/vintage vibe. You can’t go wrong with black chinos, ever, and they fit just fine with the blazer and plain sneakers.

Powers: Julian just knew I would like this one. I guess we have distinct tastes. For me, it’s the vibe this outfit gives off. It’s the dog days of the hockey season, and we’re all trying to get through it, but this look gives some hope for the spring.

Sam Reinhart Florida Panthers

Florida Panthers

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Powers: Hartman has popped up on this list a few times now. I like this color and pattern in a suit. It’s funny, I once ran into Hartman in downtown Chicago when I was headed to get some custom clothing. I should have been asking him where he goes. The tailored fit also works well on him here.

McKenzie: I’m sorry, Winnipeg fans. This outfit was too good to ignore.

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Powers: Julian and I immediately began discussing Matthews’ scarf when we chose this look. I will say, with or without a turtleneck, Matthews puts the effort into keeping his neck warm. I don’t mind the scarf; it’s very Matthews. This fit, to me, is more about the coat, anyway. The colors he chose for the shirt and pants help the coat pop.

McKenzie: I really like the jacket. It’s a big, patterned jacket that looks snazzy. I don’t like the scarf. While I think the Wu-Tang Clan would advise him to protect his neck sufficiently, he should know better. The rest of the outfit is stylish and modern.

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Toronto Maple Leafs

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Joshua Roy Vitor MunhozNHLI via Getty Images

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McKenzie: Roy, who was reassigned to AHL Laval on Wednesday, wore this before his first NHL game earlier this month. The jacket is a bold way to make an entrance ahead of such a debut. Good on him for standing out.

Powers: This had some vibes similar to Coleman, but Coleman put it together a little bit better (more on that later). I do love Roy’s jacket, though. That fur collar and buttoning is fantastic. You may see me wearing this at the rink someday.

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Quinton Byfield Los Angeles Kings 2

Los Angeles Kings

Powers: Byfield makes another appearance in our rankings, and this is another jacket I covet. I’m not usually big on bow ties, but I often think they look better skinner than wider. It’s refreshing to see players like this taking chances, too.

McKenzie: I’m low-key a bow tie guy. I haven’t worn one in a while, but I love seeing them done well. That was a big reason why I ranked Byfield as high as I did.

Quinton Byfield Los Angeles Kings 2

Los Angeles Kings

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McKenzie: There might not be a better player in the league right now who can don the hat-and-scarf combo better than Coleman.

Powers: As good as our No. 1 pick’s fit is, Coleman’s fit was the best this time around, in my opinion. However, I lost out on one of those coin flips. From the hat to the scarf to the jacket to all of Coleman’s other decisions, this ensemble blends together nicely and has such an elegant look. Just pure class.

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Linus Ullmark Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Powers: Is Ullmark the best NHL dresser? He’s definitely pushing for that title. There were a couple different fits from Ullmark that Julian and I discussed for this week’s rankings. Ullmark puts a lot of thought into his appearance, and each look is unique.

McKenzie: We had a completely different outfit here at No. 1 before this literal-blue steel suit came together. I asked the Bruins how Ullmark keeps up with these outfits. They said he doesn’t rest.

Linus Ullmark Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

(Top photo of Blake Coleman: Leah Hennel / Getty Images)





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