St. Louis Blues players don tropical pregame fashion before frigid Winter Classic against Minnesota Wild

The St. Louis Blues take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night in the Winter Classic, the NHL’s annual New Year’s Eve game played outdoors. Target Field, usually the home of the Minnesota Twins, is where the two teams will play.

According to the Weather Channel website, Saturday’s high in Minneapolis is minus -5 degrees. In the freezing wind, according to the site, it seems to be minus -21 degrees. And it’s only getting colder as the night progresses. If temperatures hit minus -7 degrees, it would be the coldest NHL outdoor game on record, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.

So when sub-zero temperatures collide with the legendary stamina of hockey players, you get the stunning pre-match fashion worn by Blues players. There are loads of Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip flops, and even a few bare chests.

One player wore socks with sandals, which is a fashionable misstep in any weather. Blues defender Justin Faulk wore warmer clothes for a pre-match interview but kept his flip flops.

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