Ducks are model citizens for fashion show
NEWPORT BEACH – All of the Ducks were there, each accompanied by his significant other.
All the coaches were there, too.
Also present were some of the team's biggest female fans, a group that over the years has done marvelous things for local charities.
But the star of the 2012 Lady Ducks Fashion Show on Thursday was being worn by Jonas Hiller.
Let's just say the Ducks' goaltender modeled some overwhelming red pants. Given his look — which included a multi-colored, striped cardigan — it was a little surprising Hiller didn't insist on wearing his mask, too.
But instead of hiding, Hiller played along, and that's the idea of this annual event, which in the past four years has raised more than $350,000 for CHOC Children's.
"I think the players complain a little when they know the event is coming, but they all understand the importance of it," said Caroline Marchant, one of the show's co-chairs and the wife of Ducks director of player development, Todd Marchant. "This is a day off for them and they could be golfing. But they're willing to come out here and support a great cause."
The sold-out event took place that the Newport Beach Marriott near — fittingly enough — Fashion Island.
Along with Hiller, the other Ducks who modeled included Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Francois Beauchemin, Lubomir Visnovsky, George Parros (nice fanny pack, Georgie), Luca Sbisa and Cam Fowler, whose look could best be described as preppy fisherman.
The players were paired with CHOC patients, who also strolled the catwalk in some of the latest spring fashions.
"This event has grown every year, but we've tried to keep it as intimate as possible," Caroline Marchant said. "We want it to feel special. Plus, with the kids, we don't want them to feel overwhelmed or intimidated."
It appeared that everyone felt comfortable Thursday, even Hiller, who probably had the biggest reason to feel awkward.
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