NHL Playoffs 2012: Top 20 Playoff Beards so Far This Postseason

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIApril 26, 2012

NHL Playoffs 2012: Top 20 Playoff Beards so Far This Postseason

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    If you see any guys around you refusing to shave lately, odds are he's a dedicated hockey fan.

    The history of the NHL playoff beard goes back to the 1980s and has been done since the New Jersey Devils won a Stanley Cup in 1995, according to Missourinet.com.

    The idea? Once the playoffs start, don't touch a razor. Let the hair grow all over the face, no matter how ugly it might look. Somehow, it will help the team win.

    If not, at least you don't have to spend five minutes shaving every day.

20. Mike Richards

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    Mike Richards has some experience growing a playoff beard, having gone to the Stanley Cup finals two seasons ago.

    He'll have an opportunity to improve on this (picture is more than one week old), with the Kings moving on after a first-round upset over the Presidents' Trophy winners.

19. Zack Kassian

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    Vancouver is already done, which is unfortunate because it results in the discontinuation of Kassian's beard.

18. Paul Bissonnette

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    Give Biznasty a handicap; he's only had five minutes of ice time to grow this.

17. Daniel Alfredsson

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    It's not dark, but Alfredsson is getting it done in his own way.

16. Ryane Clowe

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    Clowe's beard only lasted five games, but it was looking good before the Sharks were eliminated.

15. Keith Yandle, 14. Derek Morris

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    These two Coyotes have it growing for them. Yandle is No. 3, Morris is No. 53.

13. Benoit Pouillot

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    No. 67's facial hair is growing in almost perfectly even, which is a bit strange.

12. Shea Weber

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    Depending on how far the Predators go, captain Shea Weber could have the best beard of any player this spring.

11. This Guy

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    The photo was taken outside of the Wells Fargo Center before Game 3 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

    Sure, he's just a fan, but that is some intense facial hair.

10. Erik Gudbranson

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    Gudbranson shows a lot of beard-growing talent for a 20-year-old.

9. Henrik Zetterberg

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    Zetterberg's facial hair was growing fine until Shea Weber tried shaving him by slamming his head against the glass.

8. Brandon Bollig

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    This physical player's playoff run was cut short when the Blackhawks were eliminated by the Coyotes.

    There's no word on what the loss has done for his beard.

7. Brooks Orpik

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    Unfortunately for Orpik, that's as good as it's going to get this year; the Penguins are done.

6. Max Talbot

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    As shown in the cover slide, this thing could look beastly if the Flyers make it to the Stanley Cup finals.

5. Scott Hartnell

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    If the All-Star is known for anything besides scoring goals and falling down, it's having a ridiculous collection of hair.

4. Brian Strait

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    The Penguins' playoff run was not long, but Strait's facial hair was getting there.

3. Zdeno Chara

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    What? You expected a guy who is 6'9" to have trouble growing anything?

2. Dustin Penner

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    The big 6'4", 240-pound Dustin Penner grew up to be a big man; his beard is looking to follow in those footsteps.

1. Roman Polak

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    Don't mess with the beard.

     

    Jason Sapunka covers the NHL and Philadelphia Flyers. He is available on Twitter for updates, commentary and analysis.