SOUTH BEND, Ind. –– The idea arose on Halloween when a group of younger players appeared on the Boston Bruins in coordinated outfits, inspired by the BBC series "Peaky Blinders." It snowed from there, with defender Torey Krug hire a tailor and the whole Bruins team orders for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
They entered Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday morning and looked like gangsters from the 1920s, in three-piece suits and scally caps, led by defenseman Zdeno Chara, who chose a hat with flat edge and forward Patrice Bergeron.
"We have known for a while", defender of Bruins Matt Grzelcyk said of the plan.
Grzelcyk, who was one of the players who originally wore the outfit on Halloween, went Tuesday with a two-tone look, complemented by a tie with a snake design.
"This is a big day for many of us, we are tickling to find out," he said.
The Bruins take the Chicago Blackhawks in South Bend, Ind., In the Winter Classic on Tuesday (1 hour ET, NBC, SN, TVAS).
"It's the Winter Classic, so you have to get up for the occasion, have fun with it," Grzelcyk said.
And it was an easy decision, considering how popular the show is with the Bruins players, with Grzelcyk calling it a "big hit in our locker room".
By the time Brad Marchand – who confirmed Tuesday morning that he would play in the Winter Classic – spoke to the media before the match, he had already changed into a brown Winter Classic sweat suit.
But he was not entirely happy with it.
"I'm actually kind of like that [annoyed] to the PR staff because they did not bring me here when we were all dressed up, "he said, joking." Can I change and come back? "
Marchand said that the whole team had bought it immediately.
"We wanted to have fun with it," said Marchand. "This is a cool experience, we wanted to do something different."