5 NHL Teams with the Best Playoff Beards
Some of the best beards in history have been grown during the NHL playoffs.
Playoff beards are a tradition among hockey players and fans alike to bring luck to their team during the two month playoff grind.
Beginning in April with the hopes that they will grow until June, playoff beards are a form of art that takes years to perfect.
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The Penguins barely made the list thanks to Sidney Crosby’s facial hair, if you would even call it that.
Despite Crosby’s lack of ability to grow facial hair, Maxime Talbot and Pascal Dupuis have sported great playoff beards. Talbot moved across the state and now plays for the Philadelphia Flyers, but look for Dupuis to again show off a messy beard this April.
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The Canucks have only missed the playoffs twice since 2000 and look certain to again play in the postseason this year.
This year’s team will not let fans of the playoff beard down when April rolls around. Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo and Chris Higgins have all grown one.
Kesler has also raised the most money in a pledge drive of the NHLPA to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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Sitting at the very bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Hurricanes are all but eliminated from playoff contention this season.
But just because the players on the Hurricanes roster almost certainly will not be growing beards come April, they have sported some fantastic fuzz in the past.
Bret Hedican and Erik Cole showed off great beards in the past, but neither matched up to Mike Commodore’s red afro and beard.
The Anaheim Ducks do not have a good chance of making the playoffs this year, but they have sported some thick beards in their long playoff runs in 2003 and 2007.
Rob and Scott Niedermayer and George Parros have had some itchy and scratchy beards. OK, so Parros had a mustache, but it was still very impressive. And going back to the days of the Mighty Ducks, Jean Sebastian Giguere had perhaps the most impressive playoff beard in Anaheim.
Detroit Red Wings
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When you make the postseason 20 years running, you are bound to have a few good playoff beards.
In recent years, Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom, Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg have all grown some good whiskers. The Wings are first in the Western Conference this season and look to be closing in on another playoff berth. The playoff beard growing potential is good this year as Holmstrom, Bertuzzi, Cleary and Zetterberg are still on the team, as well as the addition of defenseman Mike Commodore.
Hopefully Commodore will get some ice time these playoffs so we can see him grow a red bush on his face.