Sarah McLachlan's "In The Arms of an Angel" plays softly in the background.
At some point, we all have to deal with the loss of something we hold dear. And this week, Sharks fans had to face a loss that seemed so unfathomable, so out of the question that it came as a shock to everyone.
Joe Thornton shaved his beard.
In honor of this momentous occasion, we've ranked some of the most iconic moments of Joe Thornton's iconic (and, perhaps, soon-to-be-returning) beard.
9. In The Beginning
In his decade or so in San Jose, Jumbo has often sported some scruff, even a short beard. Basically, facial hair was not a foreign concept for Thornton.
But in the 2015-16 season, he took facial hair to a whole new level. And fans first started getting a sense that this was no ordinary beard with this photo, taken in March.
That, and well, it's just a great photo.