By Dakota Case
Nothing says Spring is here quite like the NHL’s traditional Stanley Cup Playoff beard.
First incorporated by the New York Islanders dynasty of the early 1980s, a prominent playoff beard is a good indicator of team success. Youthful and patchy, burly and grey, facial hair has many forms in the 16-team race for Lord Stanley’s Chalice.
Why is the playoff beard so popular? Because it’s guaranteed to work, for just one team, that is.
When a player looks down the bench to see a row of scruffy faced warriors, he can be reassured he’s one of 23 brothers in arms working together with one mind for a single purpose—a Stanley Cup championship.
After it’s all said and done, the beard ultimately has to come off. But it can wait a little bit longer, the celebrating has just begun.