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New York Rangers showcase this season's classic suits in the December issue of Men's Journal

Monday, 11.10.2008 / 8:00 PM / News

By Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

When five New York Rangers gathered before the season to be part of a fashion shoot and layout for the December issue of Men's Journal, there was no doubt that goalie Henrik Lundqvist was the most involved.
   
"He had clear ideas about what he wanted to wear," said Eric Alt, who wrote the accompanying piece for the magazine. "He was the one talking to the fashion director."
  
Alt spent down time with each of the players during production of the fashion shoot that featured the latest in men's suits. The writer wondered aloud if the players struggled with any parts of their bodies when getting tailored for a suit. To a man, the five Rangers -- Lundqvist, defenseman Wade Redden and forwards Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Markus Naslund -- noted the legs and rear end were problematic.
    
"Probably from building up muscle from all that skating," Alt said. "Scott Gomez joked that he can't wear skinny jeans."
  
Alt also asked if players had a pre-game routine for home games at the Garden. Lundqvist said he tried the subway once and decided the quiet of a cab was the better way to both travel and prepare for a night facing shots. Gomez said he walks after taking the subway to his first-ever Rangers practice last season and being "amazed" that many fans recognized him. In fact, the fans were so enthusiastic, Gomez said he was almost late for the team workout.
    
For his part, Drury walks to Madison Square Garden on game days and loves it. Drury said after games he can "walk one block from the Garden" to slip into anonymity as "nothing more than another guy in a suit."
    
To fit the style theme for the Rangers, the fashion shoot is featured in the December issue of Men's Journal with one of the all-time greats with the most style, the late Paul Newman.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1