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Burns shaves Thornton's lengthy beard, calls it 'end of an era'

It's time to 'start something new' as legendary facial hair is now gone

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Joe Thornton's legendary beard is a thing of the past.

The San Jose Sharks center was unrecognizable at practice Tuesday after his glorious beard was shaved Monday.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Almost didn���t recognize you there, Jumbo. pic.twitter.com/56XcEKlPxX

Thornton lent Brent Burns a pair of clippers late Monday, and the Sharks defenseman went to work hacking away at his legendary facial hair. Burns shared a snap of the beard-removal ceremony in progress on Twitter.

Tweet from @Burnzie88: End of an era ... start of something special! Lets get it going again 💪 pic.twitter.com/U4yJVxbqKh

Burns described Thornton's beard being shaved as the "end of an era." Sharks captain Joe Pavelski also shared a picture of the seismic event.

Tweet from @jpav8: It���s gone!!! pic.twitter.com/WCnSkGXIll

Evander Kane forsees some on-ice benefits of the trim.

Tweet from @evanderkane_9: Younger, faster, stronger, lighter! What a start to the season 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bqlKDgk7m5

As for the team's reaction, it's safe to say by the emojis that this was a shocking turn of events.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: 😱😱😱 https://t.co/VAr1qi9gwD

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