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Show Us Your Playoff Beard

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The Sharks are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs—and FSN Bay Area and the San Jose Sharks are looking for Sharks fans to show their support by sporting their own “Playoff Beard”
 
Fans should submit pictures of their playoff beards to FSNBayArea.com as the Sharks progress to the Stanley Cup finals…
 
We’ll post photos of the beards on our website in our Playoff Beard Photo Gallery
 
Some pictures will even be shown on-air during FSN Bay Area’s hockey playoff games
 
Some participants may have the chance to win prizes for showing their support
 
You can check out FSN staff pictures, which will also be posted online- starting with Day 1 pictures
 
Fans who so not have access to Internet can send their photos by mail to:
FSN Bay Area’s Playoff Beards
77 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
 
As long as the Sharks are alive in the quest for the Stanley Cup playoffs, fans should keep their beards growing!
 
For more information, visit the official website at: http://fsnbayarea.com/Sharks.jsp
 
History of the Playoff Beard
A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a NHL 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.
No other postseason of any other sport has such a superstition that so many players abide by with such obedience.
It is believed that the tradition was started in the 80's by the New York Islanders, while some trace the tradition back to the 70’s.
Since then, the playoff beard has also expanded into the NFL and, to a lesser extent, MLB.
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