As the NHL season’s second half action is heating up the New York Rangers took the night off on Tuesday to fashionably attend their annual Casino Night Fundraiser. Presented by Empire City Casino, the event at Gotham Hall served as a fundraiser for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children facing obstacles.
Henrik Lundqvist, star goalie and spokesman for the Garden of Dreams, welcomed the affluent attendees who paid up to $2,000 a ticket for the chance to rub elbows with Lundqvist and his teammates. Rangers captain, Ryan McDonagh, who was dressed by John Varvatos for the evening, was dealing blackjack, while other players socialized and conversed with fans.
Lundqvist, arguably hockey’s best-dressed player, donned a patterned midnight blue tuxedo by Swedish designer Stephen F. “He has his own store in the Meatpacking District, across from the Standard Hotel,” Lundqvist said. “I love his suits and coats.”
The Rangers’ newest player, Eric Staal, who joined the team on Monday, also attended the glossy event. In fact, he turned to Ralph Lauren for a little wardrobe advice, wearing a trim midnight blue formal suit and long black tie for the festivities.
Varvatos also dressed Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard, who said he was voted the worst dressed last year and was determined to change his fate this year. He wore a textured indigo blue tux this time around, and was clearly more on-trend.
The Rangers admirably kicked the night off by signing the first ever female to the team. Kayleigh Petersen was signed to one-day “free-agent” contract by the team. Kayleigh, the event’s guest of honor, is a young girl whose liver disease caused her to have a transplant at 18 months was also honored during the opening of the Rangers’ game Monday against Columbus.
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