SAN JOSE, California - The San Jose Sharks have officially secured their spot in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and fans everywhere have the opportunity to join in on the tradition of the playoff beard. The Sharks Foundation and many other charities across the NHL are grateful for this tradition as proceeds from the Beard-a-thon® will benefit these organizations.
Those fans that choose to "grow" are joining the ranks of all the Sharks players who will go without shaving for the duration of the team's playoff run. Not shaving doesn't necessarily mean growing a full beard, and for some, the effort is what really counts. Sharks players and the fans that participate can invite their friends and family to pledge a donation amount to support their playoff beard. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beard 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. All donations to the Sharks Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.
Over the last two seasons, nearly 800 fans participated in this cause and raised over $25,000 for the Sharks Foundation.
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 ultimately a hockey tradition, and always will be.