Check out our picks for 10 awesome NHL Playoff beards, spanning the history of the game.
10. MIKE COMMODORE
He didn’t have the best career or even the best playoff beard, but when you’ve got a name like Commodore and a head of hair that Bob Ross would envy, it somehow sends the beard to the next level. If little Danny Bonaduce from the Partridge Family grew up to play hockey, he might’ve been this guy.
9. JORDIE BENN
Benn may have ranked higher on this list, but something about losing a Super Bowl bet and letting Tyler Seguin shave his beard just doesn’t sit right. But when this undrafted defenseman sports a beard, it’s a force to be reckoned with.
8. SCOTT PARKER
They called him “the Sheriff”, though he looked more like an outlaw. Parker was a feared enforcer in his day, and could grow a beard to put a scare into the other side. Unfortunately, concussions have taken their toll and left him with health problems in retirement. Still one heck of a beard.
7. KEN MORROW
Some say that Morrow and his Islanders teammates invented the playoff beard, but whatever the case their run and their influence have to help put him on the list. He’s still rocking a remnant of that former glory in the form of a mustache.
6. LANNY MCDONALD
But you know who has a better ‘stache, and had a better playoff beard because of that mustache? Lanny McDonald. He’s got the lip fringe of a German philosopher. That and the red hair that matched his Flames uniform helped make him a fan favorite.
5. PAUL MARA
Mara’s beard grew like a Chia pet, like spreading moss. We’d be surprised if he didn’t have to shave his cheeks to keep it in check. If they’re looking to cast Paul Bunyan anytime soon, they should check to see if Mara has any acting chops.
4. HENRIK ZETTERBERG
Henrik, or Hank to his teammates, kind of looks like a bigger, tougher Donnie Darko in some pictures. But it’s tough to say who’s scored more: Gyllenhall or Zetterberg. In either event, they booth look better with beards.
3. BILL FLETT
So you know how the Islanders supposedly invented playoff beards? Then what was Flett wearing for the Flyers in the 1970s? Nicknamed “Cowboy”, he could actually say, “this isn’t my first rodeo,” and mean it literally. In addition to playing hockey and performing in the rodeo, he owned a cattle ranch. It’s a manly trifecta.
2. SCOTT HARTNELL
Hartnell had a nice run in Philadelphia that included a varied output: a little scoring, a lot of penalty minutes, and the kind of beard and hair that might have made him a candidate for a wildling warrior on Game of Thrones, or at the very least an extra on Vikings..
1. LORD STANLEY
Maybe we’re cheating with Frederick Stanley, the 16th Earl of Derby, but the cup is named after him and he had a beard before any of them. Maybe that’s the real reason for the playoff beard: the players are just trying to get closer to Lord Stanley’s Cup, and the beards bring them closer to Lord Stanley.
And besides, you couldn’t have the NHL Playoffs if you didn’t have a Stanley Cup to fight for, so this really is the ultimated playoff beard. It’s a shame a lot of these shave it off when the seasons done. With a little Bluebeards Original to help keep their facial hair clean and fresh, they might join the club full time.
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