This was not your ordinary navy suit. In fact, it was a Navy suit.
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson sported a custom-made, Navy football-inspired outfit, complete with a navy blue blazer and gold pants, to pay homage to the Naval Academy, which is hosting the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Saturday.
Carlson's look was so on-point, it should have come with built-in speakers blasting "Anchors Aweigh" while he walked into the stadium.
"I'm pretty pumped up," Carlson told NHL.com before sporting the unique threads. "It's cool. I love the tradition and history at the Naval Academy, and they put together a great idea that looks really special."
The wardrobe was a collaborative effort between Carlson and the Naval Academy and was made by hand by Tom Barnett New York and took six months to create.
"This is one of the most worthwhile projects we have ever had the privilege of working on," Tom Barnett, designer and founder of Tom Barnett New York, told the Capitals website. "We hope that current Midshipmen, alumni [and] fans of football and hockey alike enjoy this tribute."
The jacket, inspired by an unpublished cover from Life Magazine, features Carlson's No. 74 on the right sleeve and yellow stripes on the shoulders. The coat's interior is silk-lined and has a diagram of the triple option, the football team's most notable offensive play, with the background featuring battle print drawn from battle memorials that are on their uniforms and are on display at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"We set out to create something as special as the venue itself," Barnett said. "It was important to recognize the distinction of those who have attended the Naval Academy."
Carlson first saw the completed design Feb. 19 when the Capitals were in Buffalo to play the Sabres and immediately impressed.
"It turned out really cool, I think," Carlson said.