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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
This playoff season, Buffalo Sabres fans can participate in the Stanley Cup Playoffs like never before. The Sabres Beard-a-thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own playoff beard and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2010 Sabres Beard-a-thon will benefit The Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Participants in the Sabres Beard-a-thon will invite family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. By joining the Sabres Beard-a-thon, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as the Sabres remain in the playoffs. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoff beards, can also pledge their favorite Buffalo Sabres player. For more information, or to enroll in the Sabres Beard-a-thon, please log onto

“Buffalo Sabres fans have always shown their passion for the team. Now they have a chance to show their loyalty to the team and raise money for a great cause,” stated Michael Gilbert, Buffalo’s Director of Public Relations.

As an added incentive, the Sabres fan that raises the most money will win a team-signed jersey. Second place will earn an autographed Ryan Miller jersey, while third place will take home an autographed Tyler Myers jersey.

All donations to the Sabres Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.

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 ultimately a hockey tradition, and always will be. 

About The Buffalo Sabres Foundation
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation that is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the Western New York region. In the process, the foundation strives to assist worthwhile organizations that make this region a better place to live and work. The primary focus of the foundation is to assist youth hockey initiatives, children's health and wellness initiatives, specifically those that serve the underprivileged and handicapped, and to provide support to non-profit organizations and groups that provide vital services to those in need in our community.
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