Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Playoff Beard?

Being the superstitious hockey nut I am, I started growing my "playoff beard" after the last regular season game the Stars played Saturday night. What's a "playoff beard," you ask?

"A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the New York Islanders.[1][2] The tradition is also practiced by nearly all North American hockey leagues, to include high school leagues and the NCAA hockey teams, as well as minor league affiliates.[3] The tradition has also spread to hockey leagues in Europe."

I thought it would be neat if we could get some of our readers to join this cause with me, and maybe we can even post pictures of our beards as the playoff season unfolds. Granted, I doubt I'll be able to grow mine out as studly as Mike Commodore did a few years ago when he played for the Carolina Hurricanes, but I will certainly try. He had a sick flow going on too, eh?

Who's with me? :)


24rufn said...

playoff beards can stop in the booster club booth beginning
Friday and we'll paint it blue for free (it washes out
without much effort). This includes goats, staches, and chops.

StarsNutz said...

I wish I could grow a full grown beard, but as I am in a job search mode right now I can't. I will not be trimming my goatee down for the rest of the time we're in the playoffs...