05/21/2014 12:52 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2015

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.

NHL Playoff Beards