SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers are encouraging fans to “grow one for the team” and participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. The Florida Panthers Beard-a-thon® presented by Hair Cuttery is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2016 Florida Panthers Beard-a-thon will benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation.
By joining the Florida Panthers Beard-a-thon, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as the Florida Panthers remain in the playoffs. Participants can invite family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beards, can also pledge their beard grower. For more information, or to enroll in the Panthers Beard-a-thon, please log onto www.beardathon.com/panthers.
Panthers players will be growing playoff beards in support of this cause and their progress can be followed on the Beard-a-thon webpage as well as the Panthers social media accounts. Since the Beard-a-thon launched in 2009, hockey fans across North America have raised over $3.5 million for hockey related charities.
About the Playoff Beard
A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the four-time Stanley Cup Champion, New York Islanders. In recent years, other sports and other players have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is a hockey, and always will be, a hockey tradition.
About the Florida Panthers Foundation
The Florida Panthers Hockey Club recognizes the importance of providing resources to support the community. The Florida Panthers Foundation was established to benefit the South Florida community by focusing on four priority areas: building the game of hockey for children and youth, supporting health and education initiatives for children, advocating for and supporting veteran’s issues, and raising awareness about our endangered mascot, the Florida panther.