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05/21/2014 12:52 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2015
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These Are Our 14 Favorite NHL Beards

Athletes are notorious for having some pretty out-there superstitions, and hockey players are no exception. We've got to say that our favorite tradition is the care and keeping of playoff beards. Why? They're manly, fierce, and frankly -- just plain impressive.

The tradition seemingly started in the 1980s, when a devoted cadre of New York Islanders (Ken Morrow and Clark Gilles, among others) ditched their clean-shaven look on their hunt for the Stanley Cup. Now, the practice is seemingly ubiquitous: see the Boston Red Sox in the throes of a playoff season for a prime example.

Now that the playoffs are here, we've partnered with Coors Light to bring you a round-up of NHL men who've managed to cultivate some pretty impressive playoff scruff. Scroll through the list and check out the hockey players turned mountain men.

  • 14) The Basic Beard: André Roy
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    André Roy's team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, took home the Stanley Cup when Roy sported this well-manicured playoff beard in 2004.

    Pros: even distribution, nice color, above-average grooming
    Cons: lack of imagination, and...above-average grooming
    Final Score: a solid C
  • 13) The #TeamEmo Beard: The Phoenix Coyotes
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    The Coyotes' 2012 line-up featured several of the Phoenix Coyotes sporting hip, patchy scruff during their journey to the Stanley Cup championship.

    Pros: huge props for team effort
    Cons: notable lack of aggressive, unruly growth
    Score: C+
  • 12) The Classic Beard: Patrick Maroon
    Anaheim Ducks
    2014 has seen its share of playoff beards too. This one from the Anaheim Ducks' Forward Patrick Maroon is straightforward, but robust.

    Pros: the perfect beard for the well-groomed guy
    Cons: not ambitious enough for a dude with some serious hair-growing potential
    Score: B-
  • 11) The Redbeard Beard: Raffi Torres
    Vancouver Canucks
    Raphael "Raffi" Torres, who played for the Vancouver Canucks at the time, grew this ruby masterpiece for the 2011 playoffs against the Boston Bruins.

    Pros: striking color to scare off predators
    Cons: missed growth opportunity (i.e., could be longer)
    Score: B-
  • 10) The Two-Tone Beard: Jake Voráček
    Philadelphia Flyers
    Czech Jake Voráček of the Philadelphia Flyers has this gnarly beard in the works for his team's current run at the championship.

    Pros: inexplicable blonde-black combo, impressive handlebar mustache situation
    Cons: sideburns noticeably absent and/or undefined
    Score: B
  • 9) The Dapper Gentleman's Beard: Chris Higgins
    Vancouver Canucks
    Chris Higgins grew this impressively full beard during the 2011 playoffs. His Vancouver Canucks made it to the finals that season, but lost to the Boston Bruins four games to three.

    Pros: the kind of beard that makes one stop and think, "damn, that's a manly beard."
    Cons: distracting, untrimmed mustache hairs
    Score: B
  • 8) The Mood-Appropriate Beard: Jordie Benn
    Dallas Stars
    Jordie Benn of the Dallas Stars is also rocking a pretty mean beard for this year's playoffs.

    Pros: excellent facial expression/facial hair harmony
    Cons: none really, but we've seen better
    Score: B
  • 7) The Mid-Length Beard: Ville Leino
    Philadelphia Flyers
    Finnish player Ville Leino grew this beard out for the 2010 playoffs with the Flyers. He currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres.

    Pros: perfect juxtaposition of untamed length and well-groomed shaping
    Cons: holding back a bit on the sides
    Score: B
  • 6) The Orange Extravaganza Beard: Claude Giroux
    Philadelphia Flyers
    This might as well be the same picture as the previous bearded Flyer, but Center Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers grew this fiery gem for the 2010 playoffs. His team advanced to the Finals that season, but were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Pros: coloring pairs perfectly with the Flyers uniform (sorry, Ville)
    Cons: notable gap between mustache and chin beard
    Score: B+
  • 5) The Neck Beard: Daniel Winnik
    Anaheim Ducks
    Daniel Winnik of the Anaheim Ducks is growing out this beard for the current playoffs.

    Pros: aggressive neck beard, yet still somehow real-life appropriate
    Cons: perhaps a little too real-life appropriate
    Score: B+
  • 4) The Super Neck Beard: Radko Gudas
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    Here's the beard that Radko Gudas grew for this season's playoffs. His team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, was unfortunately knocked out during the first round by the Montreal Canadiens in late April.

    Pros: basically sets a new standard for all of mankind's future neck beard attempts
    Cons: didn't fulfill expectations
    Score: B+
  • 3) The No-Boundaries Beard: Scott Hartnell
    Continuing the Flyers' domination of the playoff beard lineup, the steely-eyed Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers grew this wild beauty for the 2010 playoffs.

    Pros: thinks outside the box (and face)
    Cons: too much of a good thing?
    Score: A
  • 2) The Gap-Happy Beard: Ken Daneyko
    New Jersey Devils
    Ken Deneyko, who spent his entire career with the New Jersey Devils, rocks a toothless grin and shaggy beard in this photo after his team won the 2003 Stanley Cup.

    Pros: epic toothlessness makes this glorious masterpiece even more complete
    Cons: objectively, very patchy
    Score: A
  • 1) The Ultimate Playoff Beard: Mike Commodore
    Carolina Hurricanes
    Mike Commodore of the Carolina Hurricanes grew out this beard for his team's successful Stanley Cup journey. The Canes came out on top of the league in 2006.

    Pros: nails the playoff beard hat trick -- loud color, unruly shape and all-over shag. Plus, the bathrobe brings the Dude aesthetic to life in a truly delightful way.
    Cons: absolutely none
    Score: A+
  • Bonus: François Beauchemin's Beard Progression
    Anaheim Ducks
    Here's a real treat. Check out how Duck player François Beauchemin's beard has come in. It's looking pretty strong!

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