I always have a beard, but it is typically trimmed quite short. I will trim it for the last time tomorrow morning. It basically is then as if I started growing it at the end of the regular season . It gets pretty unpleasant if the Sharks go far though, so I'm glad that won't be a problem.
What about professional business settings don't allow beards? Nobody told Abe Lincoln the White House was too professional to have a beard, I don't see how your office is more important!
Seriously, this sounds like it should violate some kind of equal employment law. That's like saying no bald people!
While I agree, most states have are At Will employment, so they can give you the ax for any reason (technically), and really dont have to explain themselves. Obviously there's exceptions, but you'd have to prove it blah blah blah. My thought is that men have facial hair for a reason, so I keep a beard year round. If they dont like it, too bad! I'm also lucky to live in Seattle, where the professional atmosphere is one of the most relaxed in the country, so it's not abnormal.
I shaved the day before game one. I'm just too lazy to shave that often so this will be my excuse. At least until one of my bosses says it should go since they aren't technically allowed, but they usually don't.