Top Five NHL Playoff Beards in the Last Five Years
With the NHL playoffs rolling around the corner, The Sports Dish has decided to check out the top playoff beards in the past five years, and see how the "playoff beard" has changed in such a small amount of time.
Playoff beards have been a great tradition in sports for the past 20-plus years.
Playoff beards are when players, and even fans, do not shave their beards until after the playoffs is over or until their team is eliminated in the playoffs.
Even though the New York Islanders started the tradition back in the early '80s, many sports have adopted the tradition of playoff beards.
For example, Jake Plummer started bringing playoff beards into football, and the '90s New York Knicks players brought playoff beards to the NBA.
Although there are playoff beards in other sports, there is no competition when it comes to those in the NHL.
Playoff beards are a rich tradition in the NHL and have been something that, in recent years, have been very popular in the sport.
Now, without further ado, this is the list of the Top Five playoff beards in the last five years.
Honorable Mention: Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers): 2010
The Philadelphia Flyers came into last year's playoffs with the seventh seed, and somehow became the Eastern Conference Champions and made it to the Stanley Cup against the eventual champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Hartnell and the Philadelphia Flyers ended the 2009-2010 regular season as one of the most inconstant teams in the NHL. That's around the same time that left winger, Scott Hartnell, started to grow his outstanding playoff beard.
My personal theory is that Hartnell's beard might be a reason why the Flyers were so good throughout the playoffs. Not only is his beard good, but his hair goes along so well with the beard that it makes for the perfect combination of hair-to-beard.
Although it might sound crazy, beards do have some sort of power, and a prime example of that is how Scott Hartnell's beard fueled the Flyers to an amazing playoff run.
5. Maxime Talbot (Pittsburgh Penguins): 2009
The guy who was known for being a hero in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals by scoring two goals, Maxime Talbot, might be just as known for his outstanding playoff beard during last year's playoffs.
His beard was arguably the best beard during the 2008-2009 NHL season, and it looks as if it helped him during the postseason as well.
While winning the 2009 Stanley Cup Final on the Penguins, he received a two-year contract extension as well.
His beard is a thick and dark beard that probably helped fuel him in the playoffs to score two goals to beat the Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7.
Sid the Kid might be the best player on the Penguins, but Talbot's beard makes him the manliest player on the on the roster.
4. Bret Hedican (Carolina Hurricanes): 2006
The second former Hurricane player on this list, Bret Hedican, was well-known for his defense throughout his 18-year career and the amazing beard that he grew during the Hurricanes' 2006 Stanley Cup run.
Hedican had a beard that was so thick, we could not even see any part of his chin strap when we watched him play.
His beard reminds me of the late Billy Mays' beard when he was selling products on TV. It makes him look like a lumberjack, as well.
In 2006, Hedican won the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL player with the best beard that year.
3. Kris Draper (Detroit Red Wings): 2008
Although I am a Blackhawks fan, I have to admit, Kris Draper's beard is awesome.
The four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Red Wings, Draper is really known throughout the NHL for the hard-nosed defense he plays during games.
What some people know him by, though, is his awesome Chuck Norris-esque beard during the playoffs.
He has a brown beard that always puts a smile on the face of anybody who sees him play.
2. Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks): 2007
You might be asking yourself, "Why is a guy with grey hair still playing hockey?"
Well, if you're Scott Niedermayer, then it doesn't matter what other people think, because Niedermayer knows his beard is awesome.
The winner of four Stanley Cups and two Olympic Gold Medals, Niedermayer is really well-known throughout his career for his amazing defense on the ice and for his beard while playing on the Anaheim Ducks.
The best feature of his beard, by far, is the grey hair, because it makes him look like he’s a lot older, wiser, and tougher than he looks without a beard.
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