The beard has its place in hockey culture although it's hard to believe that before expansion, most Original Six teams prohibited facial hair.
Most players now grow beards in the playoffs—a tradition started by the New York Islanders during their run to four straight Stanley Cups from 1980-83.
This year, Colorado's Greg Zanon is sporting a rather thick beard during the regular season. Here's a look at where Zanon's facial growth fits in with some of the NHL's best beards of all time.
We're judging beards based on their appearance, thickness and any impact they may have had on hockey culture. So sit back and enjoy our look at Zanon and the best beards in NHL history.
Feel free to mention any great beards you feel I missed, but try to link to a photo to share these great faces with all of us.