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Coyotes only NHL franchise to ease players dress code

Coyotes only NHL franchise to ease players dress code

  • Coyotes
Oct 01
SW Creative
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A recent ESPN survey of NHL teams found that the Arizona Coyotes are the only team with plans to fully relax their player game-day dress code for the upcoming season.

The NHL is the only major North American men’s professional sports league to require its players to dress in a certain way on game day.

Exhibit 14, Paragraph 5 of the CBA reads: “Players are required to wear jackets, ties and dress pants to all Club games and while traveling to and from such games unless otherwise specified by the Head Coach or General Manager.”

The NHL relaxed the rule during the 2020 postseason in Toronto and Edmonton only to revert to the CBA policy later.

Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is happy with his team’s less stringent dress code policy.

“To be the first team to go no dress code was awesome,” Chychrun told ESPN. “The guys loved it. I think it’s great to be able to show a bit of your personality and your closet other than just your suits. I had fun with it. I enjoyed it. I’m glad it’s something we’ll continue to do.”

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews also agreed with Chychrun’s take on the situation.

“I wish there was no dress code for games and stuff,” Matthews told ESPN in the latest interview. “I don’t mind wearing a suit, but it gets old, I guess. It gets old pretty quick. I think it’d be fun to wear different things and be able to express yourself, similar to what the NBA does or even the NFL a little bit.”

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators are planning to have their players wear team-issued tracksuits to games this season. The Seattle Kraken are considering a relaxed dress code for their players as well.

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