The New York Islanders traded the ice for the runway Wednesday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, modeling the team's new third jersey and line of winter-wear with their wives or girlfriends and kids. The winter-wear line includes knit hats, warm slippers, sweatshirts, kids' gear, and pink, black and purple options for female fans.
The new jersey is black, with blue, white and orange accents, and orange letters across the front. Though it is being criticized today by some fans for being untraditional and similar to the uniform of the New York Mets, the Islanders said they like their new look.
"I'm a big fan of black," left wing Matt Moulson said. "They're really sleek."
Moulson said he often wears black even when he's not in uniform. "I think I get uncomfortable in bright colors," he said. "I've been trying to mix up my wardrobe lately, but black is just the easiest."
What pieces are his top picks from the winter-wear collection? "In my Twitter pic I have this green sweatshirt and just a white straight-brimmed Islander hat," he said, "so I think I'm gonna get those and expand my color collection."
"I think the Islanders have probably the best jerseys in the league," defenseman Mark Streit said. "They look a little meaner; I think they have a little edge to them."
As for his go-to day-off outfit, Streit said, "I'm a jeans guy. Jeans, cool sneakers and a sweater, and maybe a hat or something."
Center John Tavares was excited about the new Islanders hats available at the team store and said the kids wear would make great gifts for family this year.
Tavares and his teammates were sporting facial hair for "Movember," a charitable movement for the month to support prostate cancer research.
"I don't feel tough with this moustache," Tavares said, "but I feel a little tougher in black. These jerseys look good on us, and I hope we have success in them."
Right wing Kyle Okposo was dubbed most fashionable member of the team. "I don't know where this rumor got started," he said, noting that on days off he goes straight for his sweatpants. "I like to wear nice stuff, but I don't really go shopping. My fiancee picks out my clothes. She just went on a big spree for me at the outlet mall."
Right wing Michael Grabner, from Austria, brings European style to the team.
"I really enjoy wearing different style suits," he said, noting that Moulson introduced him to a custom suit-maker. "I'm into fancy suits -- black shiny ones, light tan-colored ones -- I might get a few different ones this year."
Grabner and his girlfriend modeled winter looks for fans alongside their 7-month-old son, Aidan, who wore a blue Islanders onesie. "I felt kind of awkward, but being able to hold my son got me through it," he said.
Photo: New York Islander Michael Grabner models Islanders winter wear with his girlfriend, Heather, and son, Aidan. (Nov. 16, 2011)