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04-22-2007, 11:02 PM
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Origins of the "Playoff Beard"

I was just wondering what are the details of when the "playoff beard" began and why?

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During the FSNY broadcast of one of the Devils broadcasts last series, Emrick made mention to Resch that the playoff beard began with Resch's Islander team. Not sure if that's the case or not but worth mentioning.

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I was just wondering what are the details of when the "playoff beard" began and why?
This provides some info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playoff_beard

A playoff-beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League (NHL) player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the New York Islanders. The tradition is also practiced by nearly all North American Hockey leagues, to include High School Leagues and the NCAA hockey teams. The tradition has also spread to hockey leagues in Europe.

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Wasn't it originally used to sort of add an intimidation factor?

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Yes it's for intimidation because you look more like Chuck Norris .

But hockey isn't the only sport where this suspition exist i think. THere are a few handball players that grow a beard during a tournement,too.

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actually the stanley cup playoffs are a secret, beard growing tournament. since beards take a while, they play hockey to pass the time.

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Butch Goring and Denis Potvin have been credited at one time with starting it back in 1980

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I recall Ray Bourque as being the first player I saw who grew a beard every playoff season, but I do remember Potvin with one late in the Isle's dynasty days also, so...

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actually the stanley cup playoffs are a secret, beard growing tournament. since beards take a while, they play hockey to pass the time.
Good one, my wife is giggling now after reading that over my shoulder.

( she married me for my beard )

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I was actually just wondering the same thing.

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