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Laine to shave beard with Jets season over

Forward going back to clean look with playoff run ended

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Patrik Laine, who owns the most famous beard in Winnipeg, has an appointment to have it shaved off Friday. 

The 20-year-old Winnipeg Jets forward, who was challenged by his cousin, Kimmo Laine, before training camp to grow a beard and leave it untouched and ungroomed until the Jets season ended, said he will have it removed when he returns home to Finland. 

"The woman who cuts my hair, she's going to cut my beard, too, on Friday at 2 p.m. back home," Laine said at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday. "So, a couple more days [with it]." 

The Jets lost 2-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday, eliminating them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Laine's linemate Nikolaj Ehlers was quick to voice his approval Tuesday.

"Yea," Ehlers said, smiling. "Finally, finally."

Laine's beard was the topic of much discussion in Winnipeg throughout the season, including numerous jabs from teammates about its appearance. 

But the look proved popular in Winnipeg; replica Laine beards were sold in the city throughout the season, and Jets fans often took to making their own.

Laine finished second in NHL goal scoring during the regular season with 44 and had 70 points in 82 games. He also led the League in power-play goals with 20. 

During his first playoffs, Laine had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 17 games. 

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