Pittsburgh Penguins fans led the NHL in “Beard-A-Thon” fundraising during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs – raising more than $91,000 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
Fans were encouraged to grow their own “playoff beards” or pledge another throughout the post-season. Celebrity beard-growers included Lemieux, Penguins players Max Talbot and Pascal Dupuis
, and broadcasters Dan Potash of FSN Pittsburgh, Bill Phillips of WPXI and Vinnie Richichi of 93.7 The Fan.
Penguins fans more than doubled the fund-raising efforts of any other team’s fans during the Beard-A-Thon. In all, more than 1,400 Penguins fans grew beards, helping to raise $91,078.
“We want to thank our fans for once again showing they are the best fans in the NHL,” said team president David Morehouse. “To have them come together and support a great charitable cause in a fun way is all part of the fabric of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey.”