TOP 10 Newest NHL tees just in time for Lord Stanley

The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight.  Six weeks of perhaps the most exciting of all playoff tournaments in all of professional sports will unfold and Retro Brand is ready to to gear you up proper.  Behold as we unfold our TOP 10 newest NHL tees just in time for Lord Stanley.

10.  Boston Bruins flex fit:  I know I said top ten tees, but this “Back in Black,” hat is ferocious.  Gotta give props to the team with the best record in all of hockey.

9.  Philadelphia Flyers cropped tank:  Flyers hockey gals won’t tank in this winner.  Flyers looking to not tank against the Rangers.

8.  Minnesota Wild tailsweep:  A sweep against the #1 Western Conference seed Colorado Avalanche would be Wild.

7.  Columbus Blue Jackets crest:  Congrats to the Jackets for making the Playoffs for the second time in their brief 14 year history.

6.  St. Louis Blues raglan:  There’s nothing ragtime about these Blues..  Watch out Chi-town!

5.  Los Angeles Kings stick crossing:  Crossing fingers & sticks for second Stanley Cup title in 3 years.

4.  Quebec Nordiques double hit:  Well, they kinda made the playoffs being that they eventually became the Avalanche, right?  Simply cannot leave any new Nords gear off a TOP 10 list when it comes in!

3.  Montreal Canadiens:  “Les Habitants, ” looking to add Stanley Cup title #25 to their all time total – the most of any NHL franchise in history.

2.  Colorado Avalanche long sleeve crew:  Looking to ride first division title in 10 years (they have 9 total) to 3rd Stanley Cup Championship.  I know, another non-tee entry but it’s too cool.

1.  Detroit Redwings Zip up hoodie:  Breaking them rules again.  The #1 newest NHL tee is a hoodie.  Original 6 team.  Original Retro Brand look. 

There are your TOP 10.  But we have LOTS more in our NHL section, so go check ‘em out.  You’ll also probably want to check out the NHL Bracket Challenge.  It’s as cool as our tees.

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The NHL’s Top Ten Heavy Metal Fans according to Medal Blade Records Honcho, Brian Slagel

With all the huge hits, slap shots, pummeling, and every day slashing that takes place in your average hockey game, it’s no wonder heavy metal music has quite the following when it comes to NHL players.

I know this how?  Our good friend and author of “The Merciless Book of Metal Lists,” Howie Abrams, recently spoke with the CEO of Medal Blade Records, Brian Slagel, about his love of hockey and the NHL Players who love Heavy Metal (Slagel gave Metallica their big break in the biz among many others).  The result of their conversation turned into a TOP TEN list of those players who are into it the most, and we’re going to share it with you now…

10. Andrew Penner – Just-retired, former minor league star is a massive Metal fan.  A player who really knows his stuff!

9. Jere Lehtinen – A former Dallas Stars player who is a big Metal fan.

8. Craig Ludwig – Another who played for the Dallas Stars (drafted by Minnesota North Stars) and is a good friend of Vinnie Paul’s (currently in Hellyeah & co-founder and drummer for Pantera).  He knows his Metal.  What’s going on in Dallas?

7. Tuukka Rask – The new number-one goalie playing in the Stanley Cup Finals right now for the Boston Bruins is also a big Metal head!

6. Ken Baumgartner – Played twelve seasons in the NHL starting with the LA Kings.  He actually recorded a Metal single with us.  It featured members of Armored Saint, Fates Warning, and Suicidal Tendencies.

5. Jaromir Jagr  – I took him to meet Metallica when they were recording “Load.”  Huge Metal fan, nice guy, and hockey legend, and another playing for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals!

4. Janne Niinimaa – Played over 700 games in eight seasons in the NHL starting with the Philadelphia Flyers.  He once spent a week on tour with Cannibal Corpse.

3. Toni Lydman – Used to be teammates in Buffalo with the #1 Metal Fan on the list, but currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks.  Big Metal fan.  Goes to tons of shows in his native Finland in the off-season.

2. Mike McKenna – Another massive Metal fan and currently with the St. Louis Blues.  Everything from underground to the “right” big bands.  He rules!

1. Drew Stafford – This guy knows his Metal big-time!  He may know more underground Metal bands than I do.  Great guy and player for the Buffalo Sabres too.

There you have it.  No Chicago Blackhawks player made the list?  Wonder if that might give Jagr and Rask the edge when they head into Chicago for game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals this Saturday night.  They’ll need it, and we’ll watching and listening…. to Heavy Metal!

You can find Howie Abrams’ “The Merciless Book of Metal Lists” here.

 

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Nordiques and Necklaces! Throwback NHL fashion for females.

Recently I noticed this really cool gal started following Retro Brand on Twitter.  She’d been posting pictures of herself wearing our NHL gear so I knew I had to reach out to her.

Thus, @Jessicazeee, was happy to don a Nordiques shirt I sent her and write up a post for her blog entitled “Flowery Dresses and Isles Jerseys” which I am happy to share with you now…

As a female hockey fan, (we DO exist, Rangers) who is so anti pink and/or rhinestoned jerseys, I strive to rep what I love, while still having my personal style come through.  Adding the right amounts of feminine pieces and accessories can often easily help create that perfect balance.  So, when the lovely Andy from Retro Brand reached out to me to style a (super soft) tee, it was pretty much being asked to do what I do all the time anyway.  Throwback NHL + (maaaaybe) way too many accessories?  You’ve pretty much just summed me up perfectly.

 

 

Hey, thanks for calling me “lovely” (I think?), and thanks for the nice style work.  Now if only our Islanders can turn into the Blackhawks.

Tee: c/o Retro Brand, Chambray tank: TJ Maxx, Blazer: H&M, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace: Lucky Brand, Gray bracelet: Marc Jacobs, Pave bracelet: eBay (stellar J.Crew knockoff, no?,) Watch: Michele, Bag: Elliott Lucca
Check out some fabulous Retro Brand tees here.

 

 

 

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Original Six alum Chicago Blackhawks only NHL unbeaten!

It’s only been 9 games into the strike shortened NHL campaign, but it’s always cool to see a team stand out from the crowd.  That’s exactly what the Original Six alum Chicago Blackhawks have done as they are the only team out of the NHL’s 30, to not have registered a notch in the “L” column.  Their record stands at 7-0-2.

Of course that could all change tonight as they visit the Sharks of San Jose, who have jumped out to an impressive record themselves at 7-1-1.  Will the Hawks keep their run going, or will they sink in the The Shark Tank?

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