Morning Free Association: NHL Players Have Clothes Problems, Too

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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?

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Quaider4ever
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I think the worst thing aboot skating a lot is the amount of time one has to spend on foot care. Better i don’t elaborate, trust me.

Satan 81's Sister
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I did ballet for 13 years. I can only image what hockey feet look like.

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I am not wearing any pants right now!

Quaider4ever
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Pimpin’!

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The London Bear
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Pants means underwear in England. Took me while to realise you meant trousers. OR DID YOU??

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Quaider4ever
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Both!!!

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^This is …. AWESOME!!!!^

The London Bear
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Oh my

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I seem to remember Gregory Campbell saying something about it being hard to find clothes that fit.

And does anyone know why I have Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” stuck in my head?

Quaider4ever
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And does anyone know why I have Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” stuck in my head?

Because nothing else matters!

There is a solution: Sing “Nothing really matters” line from Bohemian Rhapsody three times…… It works, but only to replace one song with the other.

The London Bear
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I can play Bo Rap on the piano – but it’s the ONLY thing I can play on piano! Like teaching a kid to spell a really long word, but they can’t spell ‘cat’.

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Heh. I am stiff all over my body, probably from all the shoveling over the past couple of days.
Now my ear-worm of the day has been the trudging ice-zombie theme from Game of Thrones

The London Bear
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Hey all,

I’ve never really had a problem finding clothes, apart from in my late teens when I wanted to be a jockey and was tall and very thin.

Darts night, but our opponents have cried off because they can’t get a full team together so I’ve called a captain’s practice.

Two of our players are relieved there’s no match because they’ve just got back from New Orleans. They’d had a big bet on the saints to win the super bowl and went to see the Rams match, so they’re not feeling great at the moment!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ooooof! At least being in New Orleans they could drink the pain away.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Exactly – Handgrenades!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Though it does result in a whole other pain.

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Hi Pals!
My solution to the pants thing….. don’t wear any!!! Reminds me of a day i did a prep boys game….afterwards, Jo was outside near the home teams trainer. Players kept coming out of the locker room to ask for ice, etc. always wearing just a towel. The trainer turned to Jo and said “i don ‘t know what it is about hockey players….they just don’t like to wear clothes.”

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My solution to the pants thing….. don’t wear any!!!

Indeed! It’s time for hockey players to bring KILTS back into fashion!comment image

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YES!