After surveying a wide array of hockey players’ Halloween costumes now that the holiday is over, the general rule is that there’s a converse relationship between the quality of a player and his costume. In other words, superstars mostly deliver confounding duds while bit players roll out some brilliant stuff.
Raffi Torres is the exception in that his costume is as off-putting as his on-ice behavior.
Illogical efforts from stars
Let’s start off with injured Pittsburgh Penguins superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (image via Malkin’s Twitter page).
From what I can gather, Malkin is some sort of pimp while Crosby is a “gladiator.” OK then.
Moving on, you can follow this link to Mike Modano’s weird joke of a costume. It’s likely that he didn’t actually wear that in front of anyone but Willa Ford, though.
Ryan Kesler posted a photo of a Sylvester the Cat mask, which obviously implied that was his costume of choice. Derek Roy apparently dressed up as “The Ultimate Warrior,” but hopefully his interviews are a bit more coherent.
About a week ago, Naoko Funayama shared the jarring sight of Zdeno Chara in a pink bunny costume, which is a far more acceptable choice since he did it for charitable reasons.
Marginal players show more creativity
Perhaps getting more time on the bench (or worse, as healthy scratches) allows lesser players to come up with more creative costumes. First take a look at Paul Bissonnette as a tattooed, trimmer and less crazy-eyed version of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. (Hate to say it, but the pudgy physique was kind of a big part of the Duggan repertoire. Oh well.)
My personal favorite is Anthony Stewart’s ode to “Happy Gilmore,” though. (H/T to Eye on Hockey.)
Some Maple Leafs costumes
The Toronto Maple Leafs are either beginning a special season or flashes in the pan right now. Joffrey Lupul put up photos that seem a little haphazard, so if the theme of “bad costumes = good players” is true, then the Buds might make the playoffs.
Click here for James Reimer, but bask in the glory of Lupul’s lackluster Kurt Cobain alongside Dion Phaneuf as Frankenstein (not going to expand on that choice).
An elaborate costume for “The Wizard”
Of course, at some point you have to settle somewhere in between. Ray Whitney’s been a good player for a long time, but never really considered a star. Maybe it makes sense then that his costume is really elaborate, but there’s something about it that just falls a step behind great. (Maybe doing the “couples costume” is what loses a few points in my mind … )
Anyway, let’s finish things off with Whitney and his wife as “Toy Soldiers.”