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Bennett unveils incredible mustache before Flames playoff opener

Forward brought back facial hair for postseason, McDonald approves

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

That is one sweet 'stache.

Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett is bringing back his classic look before Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Tweet from @NHLFlames: It���s official: the ���stache is back.#Flames | #BringTheRed | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/oV6hG19vb6

Bennett went with a similar mustache earlier in the 2018-19 season and decided to bring it back for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He may be the latest mustachioed Flames forward, but Lanny McDonald did it first, most notably when he was co-captain of the Stanley Cup champion Flames in 1989.

"I think it looks great," McDonald told the Flames website back in January. "This is a helluva a starter kit he has going here."

Bennett stopped short of calling his facial hair an homage to McDonald but loves the look.

"I definitely know he noticed it earlier [this season] and said some good things, so that was definitely pretty cool," Bennett told the Calgary Sun. "I like it. The fans like it, so I'm going to roll with it."

With a 'stache like this, who needs a playoff beard?

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