Some of you may have become recently familiarized with the "Haliburton Dinner Jacket", thanks to a clever kid at an Ottawa Senators game in mid-November. The young fan was caught on camera holding a sign up calling out to forward Matt Duchene, who was debuting for the Sens after spending most of his professional career far removed from his hometown of Haliburton. The sign read "if Matt Duchene scores, Dad will buy us Haliburton Dinner Jackets," - a common local term for plaid flannel shirts, and a tongue-in-check reference to the casual culture of the small-town community.
Duchene went on to say "“It’s a plaid, button up .. your nice flannel type thing, “You get your very locals who might wear that out to dinner at McKecks (Tap & Grill, in Haliburton) sometimes, but it’s kind of a joke." He added, "Darcy Tucker used to joke about it with me. I had one shirt my rookie year, it was a button up, pretty much like a dinner jacket. It was a little nicer than a cheesy plaid, but he’d say it was a Haliburton Dinner Jacket."
So there you have it - a little local knowledge for next May. Bring your plaid flannels!