Canadian brand Oak and Oar and Winnipeg Jet forward Blake Wheeler are pleased to announce the release of their winter Capsule Collection, '26'. The capsule documents the 29-year-old's non-traditional journey to the National Hockey League, where over the past eight years he has established himself as one of the league's most elite players.
After leading Breck preparatory to a Minnesota State Championship, the then 17-year old was drafted 5th overall into the National Hockey League. Wheeler would attend the University of Minnesota where his name would be etched into the Golden Gopher history books, scoring the overtime game winner against the University of North Dakota and leading the U of M to a WCHA Championship. The right-winger has gone on to play over 500 games in the National Hockey League and represent his country at the Sochi Olympics as a member of the US National Team.
The Oak + Oar x Blake Wheeler capsule features a collection of three New Era 59Fifty® fitted caps. Each cap pays tribute to a keystone moment in Blake's career; from his time at Breck preparatory in Golden Valley, Minnesota, being part of the return of professional hockey to Winnipeg, to signing a 6-year contract becoming a cornerstone piece of the Winnipeg Jets 2.0. Alongside the collection of New Era 59Fifty® fitted caps, is a limited run of tees offered in both black and heather grey. The shirts are crested with one of Blake's first childhood hockey card depicting him as a member of the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association; where it all began.
10% of each sale made online and in-store will be donated to Siloam Mission in Winnipeg, Manitoba; an organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness. Further information on the release can be found at www.oakandoar.com. Available now.
New Era's $44.99 CDN / Tees $32 CDN