Somewhere around the umpteenth time a grimy kid dressed as a ninja rang your doorbell, you probably gathered that Wednesday night was Halloween.
Of course, not everybody was dressed like a ninja (especially not the kid that shouted, "I'm not a ninja! I'm a samurai!" when I said "hey, nice ninja costume" like an idiot.) With the labour stoppage still dominating their thoughts, several hockey fans wore costumes inspired by the NHL lockout, like the one above.
It was an easy costume, really. All anyone needed to do -- and all many did -- was pull an NHL jersey over their head then wrap themselves in padlocks and/or chains.
Viola! You're a member of the NHLPA.
I'm not quite sure which Buffalo Sabre the sad kid above is supposed to be, by the way, but considering his cardboard sign only promises he'll skate and nothing more, I'm going to suggest it's Ville Leino.
Anyway. What follows is a collection of Halloween costumes inspired by the NHL lockout.
From @allysonburrows comes a locked-out member of the Carolina Hurricanes. I think his padlock is too low. It looks like he's wearing a chastity belt outside his pants.
@mariosettino89 wears his padlock higher up, which looks better, although I wonder why he chose one the same colour as the Leafs' trim. Did the chain really need to match? Additionally, wearing it like a sash makes you look like you're a contestant in some sort of locked-out Maple Leaf beauty pageant, and if that's the case, good luck beating out Lupul.
Much better chain placement in this photo from @neeeky_. But who is "Locked Out" and why is he wearing King Clancy's old no. 7? I will not stand for this.
@ZMart33 mixes things up, wearing several locks on silver chains, and opting to forego the sweater, which makes sense since the players don't technically play for these teams now. Either that or he was just too cheap to get a jersey.
Tim Marklevitz goes not as a locked out NHL hockey player, but as a homeless NHL hockey player. It's worth noting his sign says he can skate backwards, but not forwards, so he's a stay-at-home type. Probably explains why he's so good at Microsoft Word, too.
Seth Thompson ponders his future. He needs work, but the question is whether he wants to be challenged in the SM-Liiga or tear it up in the Dutch League.
Ryan Jespersen gives us two costumes: player and owner. I tell you what, if these costumes are accurate, I'd way rather be an owner.
Hey, why not do without chains altogether? Just print "Locked out" on a piece of paper and call it a day, like