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From the Branches: What is fashion, anyway?

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Democracy, as we all know, is fallible.

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This man is supposedly the most fashionable player in the NHL.

The NHL Player Poll came out yesterday, and as always, it’s best enjoyed by scrolling right past the hockey questions (wait, Alex Ovechkin has a good shot? This is totally new information!) and into the “Player Personality” section, which includes the most important question: which NHL player is the most fashionable?

The players themselves voted for Auston Matthews, which is an incredibly solid choice, but the hilarious part is the runner-up. David Pastrnak dresses like an art student whose parents pay his credit card bill, and while Matthews clearly wants to seem creative and avant-garde, Pastrnak actually is. That man does not give a fuck. It’s incredible. Scrutinizing any of Pasta’s more unusual ensembles gives me some kind of joy-migraine. Like, look at this thing.

I can name at least five things that are wrong with this outfit, from the hat to the shoes to whatever heinous and vaguely suggestive things are happening with the tailoring at the crotch of his pants, and none of them matter. This is amazing. The dyed-to-match pocket square worn with a pair of slip-on sneakers is short-circuiting my brain. Matthews could not touch this level, no matter how hard he tried, because this kind of genius is spontaneous.

Meanwhile, there is still actual hockey being played! Last night the Tampa Bay Lightning took the series lead over the New York Islanders, and tonight the Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights play Game 3 in their own tied series.

The Hlinka tournament has been officially scheduled:

Today’s Links

Chicago Blackhawks did not report alleged sex abuse of players to police - TSN.ca
Chicago Blackhawks senior management allegedly refused to file a report to Chicago police during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs after two players claimed a video coach who worked with the franchise had sexually assaulted them, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry talks injury, ‘scary looking’ eyes after return | The Star
Jeff Petry’s young sons were warned by their mother that dad looked a little different.

The Canadiens won Game 2 in spite of one-sided officiating - Eyes On The Prize
"Game management" at it’s finest luckily couldn’t stop the Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Nedeljkovic emerges as Canes’ goalie of the future after stellar season - Canes Country
In offseasons past, the Canes looked to find their true No. 1 goalie of the future. No longer.

Minnesota Wild announce new ECHL affiliate in Iowa - Hockey Wilderness
The Iowa Heartlanders will be the new ECHL team for Minnesota.

The Flyers should offer sheet Elias Pettersson - Broad Street Hockey
In which Eamon does his best Paul Holmgren impression.

Hurricanes sign Rod Brind’Amour to three-year contract extension - Canes Country
The Canes’ bench boss will be sticking around.

The Montreal Canadiens defence showed more engagement in Game 2 - Eyes On The Prize
Jeff Petry’s return played a large role in the victory but he had a little help from his friends

Why the NHL’s foray into sports betting may finally mean more specific injury disclosure – The Athletic
The NHL's comical use of upper-body or lower-body injuries is a fairly recent phenomenon but likely won't fly with sports bettors.