It's the scariest day of the year, but players around the NHL are supplying us with more than their fair share of laughs. Look, if you dare, at some of the best Halloween costumes the game has ever seen.
Halloween is a time when you get to take on a new persona and be that person you’ve always wanted to be. It’s the time to take some risks, dress as something bold or hilarious, and have a good time. Or, if you’re Buffalo Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta, it is another day of the year that you can dress up as a hockey player. Gionta, along with a number of other NHLers, took part in a video session with the league to discuss some of their favorite costumes as kids:
At least there was strategy to Gionta’s costume, I suppose. After all, roller blading is quicker than walking. Now older and wiser, there are some NHLers who are decking themselves out for the scariest night of the year. Take, for instance, almost the entire Washington Capitals roster. First up, you’ve got Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov as the Three Musketeers:
And then you’ve got this outstanding effort from Liam O’Brien, Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, and Joel Ward, who came dressed as characters from Dodgeball:
I wonder if they read about that costume… in a book. But the Capitals weren’t the only team that went all out. We’ve already seen what P.K. Subban did during the Canadiens party, but we only scratched the surface when it came to the Dallas Stars. While we were quick to assume the group costume of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Brenden Dillon, and Cody Eakin would have taken the cake, Ales Hemsky and his wife came with a throwback. Dressed as Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan, they certainly stole the show:
And let’s make sure not to pass over Nathan MacKinnon, who came alive last night with two goals, and his spooky look as Frankenstein’s monster:
Some, like the Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell, even tried their hands at being multi-sport athletes. Here Hartnell is as NBA legend Larry Bird:
All told, this Halloween was certainly a happy one for hockey fans. From the Panthers’ Roberto Luongo to the Bruins starring in Frozen, we certainly got our fill of laughs. Now, before we get back to normal, fans in Utah can take in the best of both worlds. Tonight, for one night only, the Utah Grizzlies will don skeleton jerseys when they take on the Colorado Eagles:
The bare-bones threads will be put up for auction after the game, with all proceeds going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. After all, Halloween is all about the kids.