The playoff beard shares a special connection with the NHL postseason. Every new playoff season, players from all 16 teams competing for the Stanley Cup let their facial hair grow with each passing game, no matter how disgustingly unkept some of them may become.
Whether or not they’re grown for superstitious reasons is up for debate—they’re definitely not grown for style—but the tradition is one that has been going for quite some time in the NHL now.
And that’s what retired hockey stars Jeremy Roenick and Mike Modano miss most about hockey—the playoff beards! At least that’s what they profess as the stars The Playoff Beard Follies, a silly three-part video series from Funny or Die that enlightens the world on hockey playoff beards.