Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers star goalie and spokesman for the Garden of Dreams, welcomed the well-heeled attendees who paid up to $2,000 a ticket for the chance to rub elbows with Lundqvist and his teammates. Rangers captain, Ryan McDonagh, who was dressed by John Varvatos for the evening, was dealing blackjack, while other players mingled and chatted with the fans.
Lundqvist, arguably hockey’s best-dressed player, donned a patterned midnight blue tuxedo by Swedish designer Stephen F. “He has his own store in the Meatpacking District, across from the Standard Hotel,” Lundqvist said. “I love his suits and coats.”
He said the European sizing of F’s collection usually fits him well and doesn’t require much tailoring. “We just do a few tweaks,” he said.
Lundqvist said he enjoys the opportunity to see his teammates dress in formalwear, although “I see them in suits four or five days a week,” he said. “But this is for a great cause and the guys enjoy it.”
He said in the 11 years he’s been attending the event, he’s seen his teammates’ sense of style improve. “The contrast was bigger before,” he said. “Now I feel like it’s a different time and they care about their style.”
They also care about the standings. The Rangers are currently in second place in their division and Lundqvist is confident that the team can prevail. “I believe we can go all the way,” he said. “We have the team to do it. I know a lot of other teams feel the same way, but we’re hungry.”