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Lightning launch new '#BeardTheThunder' program for playoffs

Fans invited to pledge support for the players' favorite charities while also growing their own playoff beards

by Press Release /

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have launched the new "#BeardTheThunder" program and are encouraging fans to join the Bolts by growing their playoff beards for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs while also pledging money to the players' favorite charities. The playoff beard is one of hockey's most famous and visible traditions, in which players and staff put their razors away during the postseason.

#BeardTheThunder is a fun way to raise money for designated non-profits throughout Tampa Bay. A number of Lightning players have chosen organizations to "pledge their beards" to and are asking fans to join them by letting their facial hair go, or by wearing fake ones if they aren't able. The goal of #BeardTheThunder is not only the financial support, but also to raise awareness for the great work that these non-profits do every day.

Visit to donate or to learn more about the designated charities. Fans can also text "tblbeards" to 52182 to make a donation. All dollars raised will be evenly distributed among the seventeen charities selected by the players.

Fans are encouraged to post their best beard photos, pledges and keep the conversation going on their social media platforms using #BeardTheThunder. Randomly selected fans will be awarded an item signed by the player they've made a donation to when using #BeardTheThunder.  


Callahan - The Ryan Callahan Foundation

Kucherov - The Ryan Callahan Foundation

Cernak- The Ryan Callahan Foundation

Martel - The Ryan Callahan Foundation

Cirelli- The Ryan Callahan Foundation

McDonagh - Shriners Hospitals for Children

Coburn - The Spring of Tampa Bay

Miller - First Tee of Tampa Bay

Domingue - The Children's Cancer Center

Palat - Metropolitan Ministries

Erne - The Ryan Callahan Foundation

Paquette - Build the Thunder Community Hockey

Girardi - Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF

Point - Special Olympics

Gourde- Make-A-Wish South Florida

Rutta - The Ryan Callahan Foundation

Hedman - Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Sergachev - The Ryan Callahan Foundation

Johnson - Armed Forces Families Foundation

Stamkos - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay

Joseph - Fulfill Your Destiny

Stralman - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Killorn - Hillsborough Education Foundation

Vasilevskiy - Big Cat Rescue

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