East’s Beasts: A Playoff Beard Bonanza

By , 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!)

  • Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators
  • Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers
  • Evgeni Malkin of the Pittburgh Penguins
  • Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers
  • Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings
  • PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Torrey Mitchell of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals
  • Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Matt Donovan of the New York Islanders
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals
  • P.A. Parenteau of the Montreal Canadiens
  • Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals
  • Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • John Tavares of the New York Islanders

If these beards inspired you to grow one of your own, check out Should You Grow a Playoff Beard?.

Photographs:  NHL

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One Response to East’s Beasts: A Playoff Beard Bonanza

  1. Andy Reply

    May 3, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Love your stories.

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