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The Beard-A-Thon® Is Back

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

(San Jose, CA)-
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 San Jose Sharks again invite their fans to “grow one for the team” this playoff season.

The Sharks Beard-a-thon®, is an opportunity for fans to get into the spirit of the playoffs by growing their own playoff beards and raising money for charity. All proceeds from the 2011 Sharks Beard-a-thon will benefit the Sharks Foundation.

Joe Thornton $1,075 by sporting a beard during last year's playoffs. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Last season, 356 fans “grew one for the team” and raised over $10,000 for the Sharks Foundation. The top beard grower from last season was Joe Thornton who raised $1,075 by sporting a beard during the 2010 playoff run.

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

“The Beard-a-thon is a fun and creative way for fans to celebrate a great hockey tradition and to participate in the Sharks 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 Malcolm Bordelon, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Sharks.

As an added incentive, all participants – either a beard grower or a donor – will be automatically entered to win a team signed jersey and two tickets to a 2011-12 San Jose Sharks home game (date TBD). All donations to the Sharks Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.

About the Playoff Beard
San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) loves his beard and beating the Red Wings. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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 Sharks Foundation

The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need.

The Sharks recognize the value in helping the community, and for that reason are extremely proud of the work done through the Sharks Foundation.

The Sharks Foundation positively impacts the community in two ways: (1) implements effective programs that enhance the lives of youth and families and (2) raises funds and redistributes the money back into the community.

To date in 2011, the Sharks Foundation literacy program has helped over 22,000 students learn about the importance of reading. During the 2010-11 NHL Season, the Sharks Foundation granted over $272,000 to 11 non-profit organizations in Santa Clara County, and since its inception, has donated over $5.2 million.

The Sharks Foundation is committed to giving back to the community that so strongly supports its beloved NHL Team. To learn more about the Sharks Foundation’s programs and initiatives, visit SharksFoundation.org.

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