The best part about the playoffs besides the hockey…the BEARD!!! It is a grand tradition that has been around for more than 30 years.
Here is a quick history lesson for those of you who may be unaware of the importance of the BEARD: It was the 1980 New York Islanders who first started growing beards.
The team had four games in five nights and no one bothered to shave and from there it just seemed to stick with them. They won four Championships in a row, and now almost every team grows beards along their journey through the postseason in search for the Cup.
Some look at it as more of a superstition, while others look at it as a reminder of a long and taxing playoff run. I think the playoff beard is great because it unites a team and is a constant reminder of how special it is to be able to battle together against the best teams in the league on a quest toward winning a championship.
That’s good news for the Wolves fans because there are a large number of beauties on the team that are well on their way to growing a gorgeous, lush beard.
I would like to give honorable mention to Mancari and Duco, who have significant growth already. Haydar and Parent recently shaved in preparation, but don’t worry as they will be in full bloom come Saturday!
There are those players on the team that struggle to grow facial hair and won’t start budding until the final round. Miller and Lack deserve a shoutout for giving an honest effort early. Their beards are a little straggly and a bit patchy in places, but nonetheless they are doing their best for the boooyyys.
Also, want to mention the BEARD’s partner in crime, the PLAYOFF MUSTACHE!! Designed for those who struggle to grow a beard, but do have significant growth on the upper lip. None better this year than Frankie, who is currently sporting a greasy, black mustache. I will be sure to keep you up-to-date on the status of the boooyyys’ BEARDS.
I plan on growing a beard and will be sure to keep you informed of the different stages of growing a solid BEARD. But you will have to wait for my picture. I will show you guys mine when I have some solid growth going!
Let me know what you think at @25maddog on Twitter. Let’s go Wolves!