Style Guide

The Men of the NHL in the Season’s Best Investment Coats

Photographs by Taylor Jewell

Photographer: Taylor Jewell/Bloomberg; Style Director: Nic Screws; Photo Editor: Jeremy Allen; Associate Market Editor: Moti Ankari; Associate Editor: Stephen Pulvirent; Grooming: Marcos Diaz for Oribe Hair Care, and Sarah Appleby using Kevin Murphy + Caudalie (Islanders). Special thanks to Gentry, the Rittenhouse HotelBrookfield Place, and the NHL.

Don’t let the mild mid-December temperatures fool you, we still have a lot of winter and many (many) frigid days ahead. On the upside, we also still have a lot of incredible hockey left, too, with the National Hockey League only about one-third of the way through its current 82-game regular season.

Since the best winter coats are often a serious investment, we decided to make a real project of testing out the best ones to recommend to you. We asked seven players from one of the toughest, most rivalry-intense divisions within the NHL, the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference, to road test some of the most luxurious, weather-beating outer layers on the market—from pea coats, to down-filled parkas, to single and double-breasted overcoats.

Like the men who are wearing them, these 15 coats are game-changers.

Our first stop was downtown Philadelphia, near the Rittenhouse Hotel and along the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk, where we helped Michael Del Zotto and Michael Raffl find the right coats for their slim, athletic body types.  

Michael Del Zotto, #15

When it gets colder, it might be time to upgrade a heavy-duty leather jacket to something in luxurious shearling, such as this biker bomber by Bottega Veneta on Del Zotto. The spongy exterior molds to the body (in a good way), and with this one, the wearer will get the added slimming effect of the asymmetrical front zipper and slant pockets.
When it gets colder, it might be time to upgrade a heavy-duty leather jacket to something in luxurious shearling, such as this biker bomber by Bottega Veneta on Del Zotto. The spongy exterior molds to the body (in a good way), and with this one, the wearer will get the added slimming effect of the asymmetrical front zipper and slant pockets.
"I'm open to any type of jacket. No style is off limits," says Del Zotto. "My requirements are that it's warm, I can wear it with my favorite boots and jeans, and that it always makes me look like a 10."
"I'm open to any type of jacket. No style is off limits," says Del Zotto. "My requirements are that it's warm, I can wear it with my favorite boots and jeans, and that it always makes me look like a 10."

Age: 25 |  Position: Defenseman  |  Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario, Canada  

The reason defenseman Michael Del Zotto is so compelling to watch as a hockey player is the same reason he's so fun to dress up: lots of confidence. He looks great in clothes because he has the body of a professional athlete, sure. But it's more about his keen (almost studied, but not in an artificial way) awareness of himself—both his strengths and shortcomings—that makes him so ultra-appealing as both a model and, more importantly, a player. His coach must think so, too, as he currently leads the Flyers in ice time. While we were out shooting, his teammate and fellow model Michael Raffl called him one of the best dressed guys not only on the team (along with Mark Streit), but possibly in the league. Del Zotto responded, "He's smart." There's that confidence.

Michael Raffl, #12

"I'm not really a shopping-for-purpose kind of guy. I usually just see something I like and buy it," says Raffl. "Although that reminds me ... I did just order a new suit from Trunk Club. I hope that's delivered soon."
"I'm not really a shopping-for-purpose kind of guy. I usually just see something I like and buy it," says Raffl. "Although that reminds me ... I did just order a new suit from Trunk Club. I hope that's delivered soon."
"My style is not having a style," says Raffl. "When I get dressed, I just try not to be predictable or too loud."  
"My style is not having a style," says Raffl. "When I get dressed, I just try not to be predictable or too loud."  

Age: 27 |  Position: Left Wing  |  Hometown: Villach, Austria

Michael Raffl is a natural—on the ice, of course, as an offensive leader for the orange and black, but also as a style subject. The team clown and a close friend of Del Zotto's (they’re both single, by the way) came in to the shoot a bit nervous, as this was the first time he’s ever been asked to pose in a fashion feature. But you wouldn’t know it. Without even trying, Raffl oozed a masculinity reminiscent of such legends as Steve McQueen and James Dean. When I mention this to him, the native-Austrian asks, “Who?” 

On Raffl: (Here) Shearling and suede jacket by Tod's ($4,425); sweater by Billy Reid ($225); jeans by AG Jeans ($198); Yacht-Master 40 in Everose gold watch by Rolex ($24,950). (Above) Peacoat by Burberry ($2,795); turtleneck by Club Monaco ($149.50). On Del Zotto: (Here) Double-breasted wool coat by Berluti ($5,250); turtleneck by Alex Mill ($195); trousers by JBrand ($176). (Above) Biker shearling jacket by Bottega Veneta via Mr Porter ($7,110); sweater by Apolis ($228); trousers by JBrand ($176); boots by Grenson ($485). 
On Raffl: (Here) Shearling and suede jacket by Tod's ($4,425); sweater by Billy Reid ($225); jeans by AG Jeans ($198); Yacht-Master 40 in Everose gold watch by Rolex ($24,950). (Above) Peacoat by Burberry ($2,795); turtleneck by Club Monaco ($149.50). On Del Zotto: (Here) Double-breasted wool coat by Berluti ($5,250); turtleneck by Alex Mill ($195); trousers by JBrand ($176). (Above) Biker shearling jacket by Bottega Veneta via Mr Porter ($7,110); sweater by Apolis ($228); trousers by JBrand ($176); boots by Grenson ($485). 

Next we visited the Battery Park City waterfront (which overlooks New Jersey, of course) with Devils players John Moore and Adam Henrique. Here, the clothing was provided by Ermenegildo Zegna, Theory, and Mr Porter.  

 Adam Henrique, #14

An unlined, cashmere topcoat such as this one on Henrique by Theory will provide plenty of warmth without the weight. Plus, it's long enough to cover his suit jacket on game day but still short enough to allow him freedom of movement (of the off-duty variety).
An unlined, cashmere topcoat such as this one on Henrique by Theory will provide plenty of warmth without the weight. Plus, it's long enough to cover his suit jacket on game day but still short enough to allow him freedom of movement (of the off-duty variety).

 

This down-filled quilted jacket by Z Zegna is proof that sporty and functional can still look polished. The secret is in the fit. Look for one that is cut a little bit trimmer, with no excess fabric to add unwanted bulk.
This down-filled quilted jacket by Z Zegna is proof that sporty and functional can still look polished. The secret is in the fit. Look for one that is cut a little bit trimmer, with no excess fabric to add unwanted bulk.

Age: 25 |  Position: Center  |  Hometown: Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Warning: If you ever meet Adam Henrique and you slyly mention you’re a New York Rangers fan, he will simply say, “Oh, so you remember game six of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012, then?” (wink, wink.) Ouch. He’s referring to (Rangers fans: cover your ears) his game winning goal in overtime that ended the Rangers stellar season and sent the Devils instead to the Stanley Cup Finals. They went on to lose to the Los Angeles Kings, but that game cemented Henrique—who fans and teammates adoringly call "Rico"—as a tremendous talent and asset to the team. Off the ice, Henrique is known for his playfulness (including his epic Movember mustache). Case in point: Three hours after the shoot wrapped, he showed up at the Devils’ holiday party wearing this. He told me earlier that day, “I'm still deciding between wearing a red and green Christmas tree suit that I bought on the internet ... or a classic tuxedo.” Good choice, Rico.

John Moore, #2

As Moore demonstrates, gray outerwear—such as this silk peacoat by Ermenegildo Zegna—makes a statement. And that statement is, "I'm not like everyone else."
As Moore demonstrates, gray outerwear—such as this silk peacoat by Ermenegildo Zegna—makes a statement. And that statement is, "I'm not like everyone else."
Moore gravitated to this Devils-red puffer jacket by Moncler immediately, agreeing to wear it before even trying it on. "I'm really into comfort and simple, quality things," he says.
Moore gravitated to this Devils-red puffer jacket by Moncler immediately, agreeing to wear it before even trying it on. "I'm really into comfort and simple, quality things," he says.

 Age: 25 |  Position: Defenseman  |  Hometown: Winnetka, Ill.

Speaking of memorable overtime goals, John Moore—in his first season as a blueliner for the Devils—scored the first game-winning overtime goal of his professional career against the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 28. The best part? It was a rebound off a pass from Henrique. Thirty games into the season, Moore continues to impress his new Devs teammates and fans with both his quick-thinking defensive and offensive skills. When it comes to style, Moore favors luxurious basics from the likes of Vince and Theory but admits to being equally comfortable in suiting, which he mostly has custom-made by a tailor in Montreal. "You kinda learn to live in a suit," he says. "It's part of the job." 

On Moore: (Here) Down jacket by Moncler via Mr Porter ($1,230); sweater by Bonobos ($108). (Above) Peacoat by Ermenegildo Zegna ($3,495); sweater by Ermenegildo Zegna ($1,295); jeans by Joe's Jeans (Moore's own). On Henrique: (Here) Down jacket by Z Zegna ($1,095); sweater by Z Zegna ($445). (Above) Coat by Theory ($1,295); shirt by Theory ($195); pants by AG Jeans ($178).
On Moore: (Here) Down jacket by Moncler via Mr Porter ($1,230); sweater by Bonobos ($108). (Above) Peacoat by Ermenegildo Zegna ($3,495); sweater by Ermenegildo Zegna ($1,295); jeans by Joe's Jeans (Moore's own). On Henrique: (Here) Down jacket by Z Zegna ($1,095); sweater by Z Zegna ($445). (Above) Coat by Theory ($1,295); shirt by Theory ($195); pants by AG Jeans ($178).

We took Chris Kreider to Lower Manhattan after dark, outside the luxury shopping complex Brookfield Place. This time around, clothing was provided by Paul Smith and Salvatore Ferragamo

Chris Kreider, #20

This double-breasted, thigh-high overcoat by Paul Smith on Kreider is the kind you can throw on and forget about. It's not too long. Not too fitted or heavy. And as it’s not entirely casual and not entirely dressy, you can split the difference and call it both.
This double-breasted, thigh-high overcoat by Paul Smith on Kreider is the kind you can throw on and forget about. It's not too long. Not too fitted or heavy. And as it’s not entirely casual and not entirely dressy, you can split the difference and call it both.

 Age: 24 | Position: Left Wing  |  Hometown: Boxford, Mass.

About the game of hockey, forward Chris Kreider recently said, “When you keep it simple, it’s a simple game.” As the Massachusetts native, who's become a proven difference-maker for the Blueshirts, found out, the same can be said about fashion. Having come to Brookfield Place looking for options to replace his favorite (recently stolen) Calvin Klein black peacoat  (“It’s a long story,” he said), we chose to set aside bright colors and unnecessary complications and tried on timeless outerwear pieces that prove the awesome staying power of simplicity. The verdict: “I want all of these," he says. "But I've especially been looking for the perfect leather jacket.” Guess he already forgot about that peacoat. 

On Kreider: (Here) Formal coat by Paul Smith ($3,800); "Soho" shirt by Paul Smith ($275); jeans by AG Jeans ($245); umbrella by Burberry ($295). (Middle) Double-breasted overcoat by Paul Smith ($1,375); sweater by Paul Smith ($770); jeans by AG Jeans ($245). (Top) Leather jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo ($3,270); sweater by Paul Smith ($525); jeans by AG Jeans ($245).
On Kreider: (Here) Formal coat by Paul Smith ($3,800); "Soho" shirt by Paul Smith ($275); jeans by AG Jeans ($245); umbrella by Burberry ($295). (Middle) Double-breasted overcoat by Paul Smith ($1,375); sweater by Paul Smith ($770); jeans by AG Jeans ($245). (Top) Leather jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo ($3,270); sweater by Paul Smith ($525); jeans by AG Jeans ($245).

Finally, we explored Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on a rainy afternoon with Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy. Here, all clothing was provided by Gentry

Johnny Boychuk, #55

"I'm kind of a collector of winter coats," says Boychuck. "I have about six or seven really nice ones."
"I'm kind of a collector of winter coats," says Boychuck. "I have about six or seven really nice ones."

 Age: 31 | Position: Defenseman  |  Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

I expected to be impressed by Johnny Boychuk. After all, he’s a veteran top-tier defenseman for the Isles and a Stanley Cup champion (with his former team, the Boston Bruins). But what I didn’t expect was his elevated taste in performance wear. “Last month I bought a bunch of Stone Island clothes. Two jackets, a sweatsuit, and some knits,” he says, wearing most if not all of said pieces. He looked straight out of Man of the World central casting. (Also fitting, since we were at Gentry—one of the few places in New York that carries the highly covetable Stone Island.) "But what I really need now is a good wool suit,” he says. He didn’t end up buying a suit that day, but of course he snatched up that streamlined Stone Island parka he wore for the shoot. Like I said, impressive. 

Nick Leddy, #2

"Winter is fun because you get to layer and bundle up," says Leddy. "I'm really into wearing big sweaters and jackets."
"Winter is fun because you get to layer and bundle up," says Leddy. "I'm really into wearing big sweaters and jackets."

 Age: 24 |  Position: Defenseman  |  Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.

Nick Leddy and Boychuk truly started their careers as Islanders as a pair—having been traded within minutes of each other last October. Like Boychuk, Leddy is a tough defender with a Stanley Cup pedigree who was brought on board to help revitalize hockey on Long Island. And that they have—despite a move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which earned them the mantle of “real” New Yorkers complete with a 45-minute commute to work. (That’s right, the Isles now ride the LIRR right into Atlantic Terminal for home games.) So how did Nick Leddy celebrate his first career season schlepping through the boroughs? “I bought myself a Audemars Piguet watch last spring,” he says. “That’s probably my biggest purchase, ever.”  

On Leddy: (Here) Houndstooth overcoat by Ovadia & Sons ($1,595); turtleneck by Ovadia & Sons ($395); cargo pants by Duluth Trading Company (Leddy's own, throughout). (Above) Ten-C fishtail parka by C.P. Company ($2,200; sweater by Todd Snyder ($295); chambray shirt by Orslow ($250). On Boychuk: (Here) Down parka by Stone Island ($1,785); sweatshirt by Stone Island ($225); jeans by DL 1961 (Boychuk's own, throughout); North Flag watch by Tudor ($3,550). (Above) Suede belted carcoat by Eidos Napoli ($2,995); turtleneck by Alex Mill ($195).  
On Leddy: (Here) Houndstooth overcoat by Ovadia & Sons ($1,595); turtleneck by Ovadia & Sons ($395); cargo pants by Duluth Trading Company (Leddy's own, throughout). (Above) Ten-C fishtail parka by C.P. Company ($2,200; sweater by Todd Snyder ($295); chambray shirt by Orslow ($250). On Boychuk: (Here) Down parka by Stone Island ($1,785); sweatshirt by Stone Island ($225); jeans by DL 1961 (Boychuk's own, throughout); North Flag watch by Tudor ($3,550). (Above) Suede belted carcoat by Eidos Napoli ($2,995); turtleneck by Alex Mill ($195).  

Nic Screws is the style director at Bloomberg. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter or e-mail her any of your fashion concerns or questions at nscrews@bloomberg.net.

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(Update: Corrects spelling of Johnny Boychuk's last name and the brand of peacoat worn by John Moore.)