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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The NHL playoffs are like nothing else. The passion, the excitement, and, yes, the playoff beards.  In keeping with a great hockey tradition and supporting local charities, the Buffalo Sabres again invite their fans to “grow one for the team” this playoff season.

The Sabres Beard-a-thon® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own playoff beard and raise money for charity. All proceeds from the 2011 Sabres Beard-a-thon will benefit The Buffalo Sabres Foundation. Last season, 573 fans “grew one for the team” and raised over $18,000 for charity. 

Participants in the Sabres Beard-a-thon 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 playoffs beards, can also pledge their friends or favorite Sabres player.  For more information, or to enroll in the Sabres Beard-a-thon, please log onto

“The Beard-a-thon is a fun and creative way for fans to celebrate a great hockey tradition and to participate in the Sabres playoff run.  We look forward to building upon last season’s success on and off the ice and raising 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 an autographed Ryan Miller Jersey.  All donations to the Sabres Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.


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. 


The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Western New York region. In that process, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation strives to assist worthwhile organizations that make this region a better place to live and work.

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation has chosen to make its primary focus to (1) assist youth hockey initiatives, (2) support children's health and wellness initiatives, specifically those that serve the underprivileged and handicapped, and (3) provide support to non-profit organizations that provide vital services to those in need in our community.
Each year the Buffalo Sabres Foundation provides support to many great non-profit agencies in WNY including: SABAH, Camp Good Days, Carly’s Club, Summit Educational Resources, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Cradle Beach Camp, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County and many more!
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