By Geneen Pipher, Hockey VIPs Magazine
April 29, 2015
Some say playoff beards are a symbol of unity. Some say they’re a way of psyching yourself up — of reminding yourself with every glance in the mirror what that day’s objective should be. To others they’re a superstition. But to all they are a symbol — a symbol of success — making playoff beards a coveted talisman for NHL players. Don’t have one? How embarrassing! (Your team didn’t make the playoffs.)
Not all NHLers in the playoffs are equally up to the task of growing a beard, however. Age, hormones, and genetics all play a factor. Some beards rival a wolfman, while some are patchy and sparse. But that’s what makes beard watching so interesting. We’ve put together a sampling of first-round playoff beards for your enjoyment. Click through the gallery to see some of the playoff beards of the NHL’s Eastern Conference. (And be sure to check back tomorrow for our Western Conference playoff beard extravaganza!)
If these beards inspired you to grow one of your own, check out Should You Grow a Playoff Beard?.
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