Celebrating P.K. Subban’s style as he joins Lindsey Vonn on SI cover


P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn are owning this summer.

The pair already entertained and delighted on Independence Day, as they turned heads with a round of “who wore it better” with a Fourth of July-themed bathing suit contest. The fun continues in the pages of Sports Illustrated, as Subban and Vonn are featured as one of the cover photo options for SI’s “Fashionable 50.”

(New York Giants star Odell Beckham, Jr. adorns the other cover, and was named most fashionable overall. There’s always next year, P.K.)

For those of us hockey fans who could charitably be labeled as “dumpy,” one might wonder how Subban is so stylish. Let’s look back at his most memorable moments of fashion and sometimes anti-fashion to recall all the triumphs of style that go so well with the on-ice substance.

P.K. wears many hats. Lots of hats. He also loves leather jackets, sometimes wearing both at the same time.

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Yay or Nay?

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There were plenty of nods to Eddie Murphy, from similar jackets to even some character work.

Going all-out on Halloween

Then again, maybe it’s less Eddie Murphy and more Michael Jackson?

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.Happy Halloween ?

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Subban rarely spares any expense when it’s time to trick or treat, as his Prince costume deserves its own exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Favourite holiday of the year ?#purplerain

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(Yes, it’s clear Subban is telling the truth when he calls Halloween his favorite holiday of the year.)

Family matters

The Subban family has produced plenty of hockey talent beyond P.K., including Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban. It’s no surprise that his brothers and even father have surfaced in stylish ways, including with his clothing line.

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More fun

From roasting the Canadiens on his way out of Montreal to a mullet-related tribute to Jaromir Jagr, Subban’s style often shows on the ice.

Let’s take a moment to solemnly remember the triple-low-five, which – thanks to the dastardly actions of Michel Therrien – was gone far too soon.

Subban’s Instagram feed is an especially useful resource for Subban style tips; you can find a plethora of hats, evidence of a fur phase, and more. This includes a lot of celebrity pictures, ranging from natural-looking shots with blank to slightly awkward ones, such as this photo with Johnny Depp. Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” seemed especially excited to meet P.K.

In looking back at Subban’s many stylish flourishes, it’s kind of comforting to see some awkward moments, including P.K. getting razzed for looking like “Darkwing Duck.” It sends a message that, while our budgets are more constrained, we might be able to inject at least some of Subban’s style into our own wardrobes.

*Tightens string on sweatpants.*

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.