The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are just over a week away, which means hockey fans are close to witnessing the best goals, saves and playoff beards that the sport has to offer.
It's a yearly tradition dating back to the New York Islanders from the 1980s—that dynasty squad had something special going for it, right?—that is carried on by every NHL team that makes the postseason. It has even spread through the minor leagues, down to high school hockey and made some headway in Europe, too.
Debate will surround many things during the playoffs. Who's been more clutch and who has choked? Who's in the running for the MVP? And of course, who has the best or worst playoff beard?
This is a list of players who would look awful if their respective teams made it to the playoffs. Not everyone that follows will be there, but they'd look goofy if they were.
(For what it's worth, I consider myself an authority on bad beards. Please see my photo for evidence of this.)