Note to Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck: Smearing eye black all over your face? Not a good look (photos)
Hoo boy. The New York Islanders took to the ice at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to test out the conditions in advance of the team’s Stadium Series showdown with the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
As professional hockey players are unaccustomed to dealing with some of the conditions inherent to playing outdoors, some players took to applying some eye black to help combat the sun’s glare.
Another thing professional hockey players are unaccustomed to dealing with: The process behind the application of eye black.
At least one Islanders player clearly had a helluva time while applying his eye black: Cal Clutterbuck. In an image that only can be summarized as “Bad Idea Jeans,” the Islanders hard-checking winger went a little too far with his eye black application, ultimately resulting in what can be described as unintentional — but still horrible — blackface.
The Islanders tweeted the above photo with the message, “Cal Clutterbuck has gone for the war paint look with his eye black.” Um, not so much. Here are a few more pics of Clutterbuck’s misapplied eye black.
Cal Clutterbuck in a nutshell. #isles pic.twitter.com/onmxVy63dR
— Conrad Profit (@ConradProfit) January 29, 2014
Cal Clutterbuck warming up at Yankee Stadium with his eye black on as if he is in a war zone. #IslesCenter pic.twitter.com/zOqowubIjc
— Isles Center (@IslesCenter) January 28, 2014
MT @mbe0027 “What on earth is Cal Clutterbuck (far left) thinking? #blackFace” pic.twitter.com/BlpMu3pKXH
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) January 29, 2014
Following a bit of an uproar, the Islanders passed along the following message that was relayed by ESPN’s Katie Strang:
#Isles Cal Clutterbuck said he didn't mean for eye black to be offensive in any way. Said he tried applying it and just got out of control
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) January 28, 2014
Well, that’s a relief. And yet, what could Cal Clutterbuck have possibly been thinking?