What did Blackhawks players say when they saw teammates Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp decked out in high-end fashions on the cover of November's Michigan Avenue magazine?
“You can imagine what they said,” Kane said Tuesday at a Michigan Avenue party at Carnivale. “I think no matter what you do in this day and age, being a hockey player, you're going to get ripped on. But it's all in good fun.”
The cover features Sharp, wearing a $1,095 Ralph Lauren turtleneck, with his arm around Kane. Inside the issue, Kane can be seen sporting a $1,650 plaid Gucci suit jacket while arm-wrestling Sharp. The photos are nowhere near as embarrassing as some of the other athlete photo shoots out there (remember the matching white hat and bow tie Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant wore in L.A. Times Magazine?), but playful locker room ribbing, in this case, seemed inevitable.
Kane and Sharp even poked fun at each other during the shoot at Tortoise Club Sept. 25.
“The two were very good natured and were ribbing each other the entire time, talking about who looked better and complimenting one another,” said Michigan Avenue editor-in-chief J.P. Anderson, who was on hand for the photo shoot, by email. “In the arm-wresting scene, they became competitive and really had a lot of fun. One could see the natural athlete coming out in both of them, but they were very brotherly.”
Kane took part in another photo shoot Wednesday with Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews — who was featured by himself on the October 2010 cover of Michigan Avenue. Kane and Toews were photographed at the United Center for an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine. According to a spokesman for the Blackhawks, both players were dressed in street clothes and jerseys for this shoot and not the voguish attire they wore in the Michigan Avenue shoot.
“Some of the outfits we were wearing were a little different than the ones we wear the other days of the week,” Sharp said of the Michigan Avenue shoot. “You walk into the Blackhawks locker room, your teammates are going to give you a heard time. But that's to be expected.”
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