You and I and everyone we know share an a similar issue with NHL players and I bet that you didn’t know it. It turns out that professional hockey players have problems buying pants as well because their butts and thighs are too big.
A couple weeks back, Emily Kaplan of ESPN did the brave field work of talking to NHL players about buying clothes. It’s something that I would never have thought of, hockey players needing special pants made, to look for specific brands and buying multiples of ones they like because it’s so difficult. Going to the mall and walking away with a clothing purchase is not always easy for these guys.
“Can it be hard for me to find pants? Yes, always,” McDavid says. “The waist, you need to get around your thighs and butt, but that doesn’t always match how tall you are. I definitely have a hard time finding jeans that fit.”
He’s hardly alone. “I have had trouble,” Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn says. “I just need to find the right company. Jeans are the hardest.”
Some players even talk of doing what I had to do at the height of my bike riding phase: buy a pair of jeans a size larger in the waist just to fit their muscular thighs. Some players feel more comfortable wearing sweatpants only because finding clothes off the rack is hard.
“I used to have to get the husky pants when I was a kid,” Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy admits. “Actually, once I became a Bruin, when I became a pro hockey player and had some walk-around money, then I discovered the jeans that were really soft, and they really fit to you. I got a couple pairs of those. But I just didn’t wear jeans in college. I was a big sweatpants guy in college. Just Champion sweatpants. I roomed with Jordan Greenway — he’s a big boy — and we would just wear sweatpants every day. We were the sweatpants and sweatshirts room.”
There is hope for athletes who don’t want to wear suits all the time and would like a more stylish look based upon their physiques. New er brands like Mugsy Jeans and Gong Show are catering to the clothing needs of athletes or actually works with them to develop clothing lines.
Who knew that hockey players are just like us?