Groups chill out their gown codes, and gamers’ private types escape – The Athletic

Pigs fly, hell is frozen over and it’s the end of the world as we know it: NHL Clubs are starting to relax their dress code on game day.

So far it is Coyotes and now the leaves have officially abolished the formal suit-and-tie mandates and moved into various levels of business casual (the Leafs) and completely relaxed (the Coyotes).

“Being the first team without a dress code was great” Jakob Chychrun from Arizona said about ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. “The boys loved it. I think it’s great to be able to show a bit of your personality and your wardrobe in addition to the suits. “

“It’s nice to mix it up a bit”, Toronto’s Auston Matthews, who is always well dressed, said Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star. “Just do your own thing. Whatever makes you happy. I do not care.”

It will be interesting to see how much these players choose to take advantage of the new rules, and I’m sure some of the looks will get more creative as they’re more comfortable. But even if most of the league still enforces the dress code, the first week of the 2021-22 season was a revelation for the fashion and general fun lovers among us.