Comma beards – the most ridiculous hockey tradition

The Stanley Cup beard has been an NHL tradition since the early 1980s, when the shaggy New Yorkers won four consecutive championships. It represents the individual focus of the players, as if personal hygiene were sacrificed in the pursuit of the Holy Grail of hockey. It signifies the gritty grit synonymous with the post-season NHL Championship, with its grueling streak and extra marathon times.

Here’s a look at the best beards to watch for the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

As Joe Thornton, GOAT’s cut-out beard once said: “It looks pretty. But it’s hard work.” Find more beards here.


captains

In the NHL, leaders set the tone for their teammates. They lead by example on the ice through aggressive play or resounding body check. They drive the ice by planting a thorny forest in the face that says, “Put the blades away, boys, we’ve got a long ride ahead.” Here are some captains driving their chubby chins.

Ryan O’Reilly’s chin bib reached legendary status when it froze solid at the 2022 Winter Classic in Minneapolis, where O’Reilly played in under-6 conditions.

The 31-year-old center St. Louis Blues first started sporting a beard after being traded with the Buffalo Sabers in 2015. He culminated in his first season with the Blues, when he led them to his first Stanley Cup and playoff win. best player. This is no accident.


executors

Every Stanley Cup playoff team needs a few players who can smash an opponent with a big punch, or send a painful reminder to an opponent that it’s best not to mess with their teammates. These blue-collar champions have to look the part that usually appears as a group of burly guys with sturdier beards during the post-season.

Radko Judas entered the NHL with a beard 10 seasons ago. It’s grown, along with his reputation for being one of the most destructive checkers in the league, that they’re both pretty scary.

At the AHL in 2012, Gudas and two fellow Norfolk Admirals vowed not to shave during a six-game winning streak for fear of being jinxed. The Admirals won 28 consecutive games to conclude the regular season, eventually earning the Calder Cup as well. This, my friends, is the strength of Radko Judas’ beard.

“It’s good. It’s always good. And when it’s done by a barber, it’s really cool.” – Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers Fellow


scorers

NHL players are notoriously superstitious. It’s how they stick their sticks, wear their gear in succession, or warm up before games with the same routine. These dribbling are exacerbated when a player scores a goal list. Hence, attacking stars are a natural candidate for the separating beard and its legendary properties.

Star Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov slowly transformed into a Russian bear during their long playoff rounds to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, before soaking his beard in celebration at the boat parades.

Kucherov’s comma beard was immortalized during a rowdy, shirtless press conference hosted by the Lightning star after his team’s Stanley Cup win in 2021, swallowing cans of light beer he was circulating among reporters’ questions. Between the face and chest, it was perhaps the most intense post-match interview in match history.


ancient warrior

Hockey players don’t just become veterans. They become “grizzly” veterans. The term “gray beard” applies more than to NHL players who are still dealing with tradition after going over the hill. This is essential for post-season. Otherwise, how are we supposed to define the “old man we hope to see finally win the Stanley Cup” if he’s not playing his part?

Drew Doughty epitomized the Stanley Cup flights of the Los Angeles Kings with a gap-toothed Mao surrounded by four rounds of separating foliage. The injured defender will still conjure up that grumpy spirit while watching his teammates this season.

Dottie once joked that his video game beard was more generous than his actual nape. What he lacks in depth he makes up for in a mess, especially when combined with a gap in his teeth.

“The deeper Drew gets into the playoffs, the better. Same with his beard.” – Jim Fox, LA Kings announcer

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