ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals are encouraging fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. The Capitals’ Beard-a-thon® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard and raise money for charity, as all proceeds will benefit the American Special Hockey Association.
Fans may elect to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a Capitals player or a fan who has elected to grow a playoff beard.
To enroll in the 2015 Washington Capitals Beard-a-thon®, download the app or visit www.beardathon.com/teams/washington-capitals. Both allow growers and supporters to sign up, create a profile, post beard picture updates, view their donation leaderboard and promote their cause on social media.
Since 2009 Beard-a-thon® has raised more than $3 million for NHL team charities, and each year, some 7,000 fans, players and alumni sign up to grow in support of those worthy causes in their area.
About American Special Hockey Association
Created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities, the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow playing hockey. There are currently 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities throughout the United States. To learn more visit www.americanspecialhockey.org
About Playoff Beards
A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a hockey player not shaving his beard during the playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is either eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup®. The tradition began in the 1980s with the New York Islanders.