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Bye Bye Beard

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- If you peered into the Bruins goal during the playoffs, you saw an imposing sight: goaltender Tim Thomas, solidly in control of his net, making incredibly athletic saves, some that seemed superhuman.

And behind the cage of the eventual Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner was an equally impressive playoff beard. Thomas says it brought him luck, perhaps the luck that seemed to surround Boston’s goaltender as he made highlight reel-quality saves night after night.

But now that the playoffs are over and the Cup has returned to the Hub, it’s time for the beard to go. Thomas expressed some trepidation at the thought of shaving off the accessory that accompanied him on such a memorable postseason ride.

“I was growing attached to it, because it brought me so much luck,” Thomas said. “But having said that, it was great to partner with Gillette here and to help charities help youth athletic programs. So it was worth it.”

Thomas’ shave, at Gillette Headquarters, benefited local sports charities and was watched by throngs of fans, who chanted the goaltender’s name as he appeared. Arthur Mirzakan, the barber who had the honor of shaving the Stanley Cup Final MVP, said it was both the most high-profile and exciting client he’s ever had.

“Really fun day,” Mirzakan said. “With the hype here, it was really big.”

And, rest assured, fans of the facial hair- it wasn’t a totally clean shave. Thomas kept his moustache intact, aiming to please one very important fan.

“Because my oldest daughter likes it is the main reason,” Thomas said. “And if your kids are happy, as a dad, you’re happy.”

And so, beard freshly shorn, Thomas headed back out to continue his whirlwind celebration of a Stanley Cup victory. It’s a ride he still can’t quite wrap his mind around.

“It’s been incredible,” Thomas said. “Overwhelming at times, but it’s been an amazing, amazing journey.”

---Elizabeth Traynor
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