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Sharks Fans: "Grow One for the Team"

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

This playoff season, San Jose Sharks fans can participate in the NHL Playoffs like never before. The Sharks Beard-a-thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own playoff beard and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2009 San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon will benefit the Sharks Foundation.

Participants in the Sharks Beard-a-thon will invite family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. So, every day the fan maintains his beard, more money is raised for the Sharks Foundation. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beards, can also pledge their favorite Sharks player. For more information, or to enroll in the Sharks Beard-a-thon, please log onto

While it may not be pretty, it’s all for a great cause. All proceeds will benefit the Sharks Foundation.

The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to meeting the educational, social and cultural needs of the community. It offers unique resources and financial support to those organizations that enhance the lives of local youth.

Created in 1994, the goal of the Sharks Foundation to positively impact the Santa Clara County is aided by Sharks players, coaches, staff and their fans.

The Shark fan that raises the most money will win (prize) and be recognized at a Sharks home game during the 2009/10 season. All donations to the Sharks 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, and always will be, a hockey tradition.

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