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Lundqvist's 'Godfather' suit, Sharks teal shine on All-Star red carpet

Several players opted for contemporary twists on basic blue

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Many NHL players went for chic spins on the basic blue suit for their red carpet arrival at the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills at SAP Center on Friday, but it was New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist who stole the show with a sneaky surprise on his jacket lining.

Hiding inside the NHL's resident style icon's geometric dark blue three-piece suit was Don Vito Corleone and three quotes from "The Godfather." 

"I have learned more in the streets than in any classroom"

"Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family."

"Great men are not born great. They grow great."

Pantheon Limited Custom Clothiers, which has dressed Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and several other professional athletes, presented Lundqvist with an array of linings. "The Godfather" was an offer he couldn't refuse.

"I met with them two weeks ago," Lundqvist said. "They took my measurements. I wanted to make it a little fun. I wasn't sure if they were going to make it in time. It was two weeks, it was a pretty quick turnaround but they made it happen. 

"They had different linings and I went with this. I like the characters."

Lundqvist went on to win the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak and $25,000, so he may have a new lucky suit on his hands. 

Elsewhere on the red carpet, San Jose Sharks Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski coordinated sparkling teal tuxedo jackets from Giovanni Clothes in Montreal to represent the host team, while teammate Erik Karlsson joked that he didn't get the memo.

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"Dominic at Giovanni, he does all of our suits," Burns said. "He does all the hard thinking and I just said I wanted something teal and he helped me and Pavs out. I'm still trying to figure out what happened with (Karlsson's) teal suit."

"I've got a great company in Canada, RW & Co. and they always put some good stuff together for me," Karlsson said. "Every (event) I buy something new, so it gives me an excuse to buy something. The other two coordinated and left me out."
Lundqvist wasn't the only one with sneaky style. Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid's suit was made from a lightweight material similar to sweats. 

"It's made by Eleventy from Henry Singer back home in Edmonton," said McDavid, who also had on tan and blue polka dot socks. "It's a little different. I'm not usually the guy who wears different stuff. It's really comfortable. These pants are super stretchy, it's almost like sweatpants. It's cheating."

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews and Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury all went for velvet, while Fleury stepped outside the blues and went with a green velvet jacket.

"This is Giovanni [Clothes] from back home," Fleury said. "I just thought I needed something a little more fancy for the All-Star Game so I went with velvet. I do wear a lot of black, blue and gray, so I switched it up."

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"Some guys make my suits in Toronto and they think of the ideas for suits and they came up with all of this and I don't own (velvet) and it's a little different and I thought it turned out pretty well," Matthews said. "I left (the color) up to them but I like blue. I think for a suit, blue looks pretty good and this is pretty formal, so the velvet I thought it was a nice touch."

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Keeping with the formal theme, New York Islanders forward Mat Barzal went for a textured black jacket and a little nod to the home team with teal stitching on the jacket sleeve buttonholes. 

"I wanted to keep it pretty simple and a little bit classier, so I didn't go for any big colors or anything," Barzal said. "I just wanted to put a little design on it. My guy Adrian Black in New York sent this over to me. He knew I was coming to San Jose so he threw (the stitching) in there."

St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly pulled off a minor miracle to get his textured, tailored look in time. O'Reilly met with Elevee when the Blues played two games in Southern California before the All-Star Break, and they got his custom suit to him in record time.

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"It took them a couple of days," O'Reilly said. "They went over a bunch of different looks and I wanted to go with a tux and they made a pretty custom one and it fits great. I met with them maybe three days ago and they shipped one up and it got here. It's pretty impressive with the turnaround, but I love it. It's very comfortable."

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