Legend has it the NHL playoff beard dates back to 1980s Long Island, but hockey's most visible tradition has taken the world by storm. To honor it, the Carolina Hurricanes are launching Beard Together - an entertaining fundraising initiative for the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation, in which Canes players, staff, and fans are encouraged to grow a beard.
Here's how it works:
Starting Wednesday, April 10, through the duration of the Canes' run in the playoffs, fans can show their spirit by growing their own playoff beards. Click here to sign-up and have a custom link created just for you. Then, share with your friends, family and coworkers and encourage them to support your playoff beard. By joining Beard Together, fans promise to maintain their beards as long as the team remains in the playoffs.
That said, we know some fans can't (myself included) or don't want to sport facial hair. Fans can pledge to support their favorite players' or fellow Caniacs' beards as a fun way to support the goals of Carolina Hurricanes Foundation.
A number of players are participating in the inaugural Beard Together.
"I don't think I can grow much," Sebastian Aho said. "But I guess I'll try."
According to Justin Williams, who says his own beard will be of the salt and pepper variety, Aho isn't the guy currently having the hardest time.
"Growing the worst beard? That would be Brock," Williams said. "It's a terrible beard. It's not good. … Aho, I haven't seen his yet. It will be close."
What's in it for you:
You mean, aside from legendary scruff and the unmistakable positive feeling of giving back to the community? Prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers and top three donors and will be determined based on donations made through the conclusion of the Carolina Hurricanes' last playoff game.
All proceeds benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation and all donations are tax deductible.
Click here for all of the details.
Let the growth begin.