It was a full-scale HBK explosion Monday night, thanks to former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel.
The Penguins' HBK (Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino, Phil Kessel) met the original HBK (WWE Hall-of-Famer Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Kid) for the first time at Keisel's annual charity event Shear Da Beard, held at Jergel's Rhythm and Grille in Warrendale.
"Awesome turnout for Shear Da Beard VII," Keisel said. "I have my great friend Shawn Michaels here. Got the HBK Line to come too and celebrate the Stanley Cup champions and a strong football season from the Steelers. It's amazing to see all my friends come out and support such a strange event, but one that means a lot to me and the kids around here."
Hagelin, Bonino and Kessel not only donated some autographed sticks and a Stanley Cup championship team photo that were live auctioned, but also each took a turn at shearing away at Keisel's ginormous beard.
Keisel and Michaels, both wearing auctioned Pens jerseys, introduced Hagelin, Bonino and Kessel to the stage. The triumvirate wore their Stadium Series jerseys for the event and left to a "Let's go Pens!!" chant.
It's fitting that the HBK Line was in the house, as Keisel and Michaels cemented their friendship over hockey.
"Last year when the HBK Line started I watched every game they were in," Michaels said. "Now I'm a bona fide hockey fan."
Ironically, tonight marked the first time that Michaels met Hagelin, Bonino and Kessel. Michaels was a special guest of the team's for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, sitting with Keisel. Unfortunately, the Pens lost that game, 4-3, in overtime to fall behind in the series, 3-2. So the timing wasn't right for HBK to meet, well, HBK.
Finally, the trio was introduced to the inspiration of their namesake.
"We had so much fanfare with him last year and never ended up meeting him," Bonino said. "To be able to meet him today is pretty cool. He has an interesting presence. He's the fighter, violent guy you see on TV, then you meet him and he's one of the nicest guys."
"All four of them were so happy to get to meet each other because they are big fans of Shawn's and he is a big fan of them too," Keisel said. "He watched them make that Cup run. Only in Pittsburgh, baby."
All proceeds from the 7th Annual Shear Da Beard benefited cancer programs at Children's Hospital.
"Having a child makes me appreciate what the Children's Hospital does and the charities that work for them do," Bonino said. "They have such a tough job there. It breaks your heart to see kids sick, especially with cancer. Keisel puts this on every year and raises so much money. When we were approached (to come) we wanted to help."
Video: The HBK Line and HBK take part in Shear Da Beard