Before heading to training camp, some NHL stars had a chance to flash their sense of style at various social functions in New York. So here's a rare chance to see the stars without pounds of gear and helmets on them.
Alexander Ovechkin was rocking with Dolce & Gabbana jeans, a Nike T-shirt and sneakers, which proves you don't need a suit to be styling. Next to him is "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly, who happens to be an insane Islanders fan.
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Four forwards: Claude Giroux of the Flyers and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks bookend Michael Grabner and John Tavares of the Islanders. Like Ovechkin, they were part of the NHL Foundation's fundraiser at the Versace Fifth Avenue boutique.
Ryan Kesler (Canucks) and Brian Gionta (Canadiens) play for home teams in Canada, but both are American boys who wore the red, white and blue at the 2010 Olympics.
Mathieu Schneider (left) played for 10 NHL teams but was never teammates with Jason Spezza of the Senators. They worked together, though, as player reps on the league's competition committee before Schneider, now an executive with the NHL Players' Association, retired.
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John Tavares, Henrik Lundqvist, Zach Parise, Michael Grabner and Brad Richards meet Dr. Adolfo Ferrando, a specialist in pediatric cancer research at Columbia University. Ferrando's work is among 10 grants funded by the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
Brad Richards, who signed a $60 million contract with the Rangers in July, attended get-togethers produced by Hugo Boss, John Varvatos and Tommy Hilfiger. "It's my first Fashion Week," Richards told The New York Times. "But I do like to look good."
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