My girlfriend is so upset I've grown a beard...it's cute how she's so P.O.'d. I'm kinda wishing I would have gone with a gotee instead of this shaggy, homeless looking thing I have now, but too late. Glad it's grown out though...it was itching like crazy when it started out. What's funny is I didnt get carded when I went out last weekend. I guess the beard really makes me look 25.
I always have a beard, so playoff time isn't really beard time for me any more than any other time.
I went the first 4 games of the Calgary series without grooming/trimming the beard, and then I shaved around it and cleaned it up for game 5 vs Calgary. I then shaved around it and cleaned it up for game 1 vs SJ. I then decided that shaving does not have an effect on the Mojo, and does not need to be included in The Routine. Besides, I have a pretty good beard 24/7, so I think I'm covering my end of the beard contribution.
I always have a beard as well. I trim it on a daily basis or else I look like a member of ZZTop after a week or so. In 97 I went the entire playoffs without shaving. I was miserable. I shaved it 5 minutes after the Wings won the Cup.
i'm 23 and still can't grow a decent beard; i'm somewhat of a baby-face. i'll be carded for alcohol until i'm 30+. i deal with too many people on a regular basis to even try to let what little stubble i have go and not feel insecure when i talk to people and constantly wonder if they're taking me seriously.
BUT! the day that i'm capable of a respectable playoff beard is the day i throw my razor in the medicine cabinet and leave it there.