Capitals defenseman John Carlson will pay tribute to the original golden age of Navy football when he arrives at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Saturday in a snazzy outfit befitting a man Washingtonian once described as one of D.C.’s style setters.
Carlson’s blue sport coat and gold pants were designed by Tom Barnett, a New York-based clothier who has created more traditional suits for the 28-year-old in the past. The look was inspired by the uniform the Navy football team wore during the 1963 season, when the Midshipmen finished 9-2 behind quarterback Roger Staubach and lost to Texas in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day. (In 2016, Navy wore uniforms inspired by the same 1963 team for its game against Army.)
The details in the design of Carlson’s outfit for the Stadium Series game are spectacular. The exterior of the sport coat includes brass naval buttons and is inspired by the jersey Staubach was pictured in on the Nov. 22, 1963, cover of Life magazine, which was scrapped after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Carlson’s No. 74 is stitched in gold on the right sleeve, and the felt undercollar features a blue and gold checkerboard pattern like the one in the end zones at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The silk interior of Carlson’s sport coat, designed in collaboration with the Navy athletic department, features a repeating diagram of Navy’s triple-option attack, as well as the names of battles that appear on memorials inside the stadium.
“When we met with John in the fall, we set out to create something as special as the venue itself,” Tom Barnett said in a release. “It was important to recognize the distinction of those who have attended the Naval Academy. Much of the inspiration reflects the era of Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach. … This is one of the most worthwhile projects we have ever had the privilege to work on. We hope that current Midshipmen, alumni, fans of football and hockey alike enjoy this tribute.”
There’s no word whether Carlson will don any color-coordinated headwear, but Monumental Sports and Entertainment announced Thursday it will auction three Navy service caps on Handbid.com from April 3 through the conclusion of the second intermission of the Capitals’ game against the Devils on April 7. The caps are autographed by Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin. Proceeds from the auction, as determined by Capitals Coach Barry Trotz, will benefit Navy hockey, Wounded Warriors and Best Buddies. Proceeds from the Capitals’ Stadium Series game jerseys will benefit the MSE Foundation.
In other news, the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic men’s curling team will join the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team in being honored during Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs. The American curlers, led by John Shuster, upset Sweden in the gold medal match.
The NHL announced Thursday that the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team will sign autographs and participate in various skills challenges from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the free fan festival in the stadium’s Blue parking lot.
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