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Capitals Participate in Beard-A-Thon
Hockey is known as a grizzly sport; it’s fast, it’s tough, and it’s the only professional sport that not only allows fighting, but encourages it. To top it off, hockey players hold a post-season tradition that has become almost a superstition around the leagues that seems to reinforce the grizzly aspect of the sport. That tradition is the playoff beard. It has become a cornerstone of the NHL, even if one can only grow peach fuzz, they are expected to uphold the code and refrain from shaving for the duration their team is in the playoffs.
NHL hockey isn’t all testosterone-based competition, though. The league also prides itself on being charitable and standing behind various causes. The past few years, the players have become a little more creative with their charity, while opening themselves to the fans at the same time. In November, the players adopt the ‘Movember’ cause which allows people to grow the creepiest of moustaches – without judgement – because it’s for charity!
This year, Matt Hendricks and the Washington Capitals have joined with Cenergy Marketing & Communications LLC for their Beardathon promotion to raise money for Fuel Fund of Maryland, which raises money to provide low-income households in the Maryland area with financial support for heat and home utility needs.
Hendricks is currently in the lead (as the only player with money raised so far) with $225. Hendricks and the rest of the Capitals participating (Troy Brouwer, Steve Oleksy, Mike Ribeiro, Mike Green, Michael Neuvirth, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, and Jay Beagle) are asking fans to participate by pledging them as they grow their beards going into the playoffs.
If you would like to donate, go to www.beardathon.com/
We’ll end with a video on playoff beards by Ashley Koerber: