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As The 2011 Playoffs End, So Does My Playoff Beard

The Beard, Day 64, after Vancouver lost in Game 7 to Boston

Wow. What a ride. The Vancouver Canucks’ 2010-2011 season was nothing short of spectacular. While I am obviously not happy about the result last night, and I won’t even get into the idiocy in downtown Vancouver that followed, I’ve never enjoyed watching my team play hockey more than this season and playoff run. Thanks boys!

This year – as many of you know – I grew a playoff beard. If by chance anyone is reading this that is from abroad: it is somewhat of a tradition for the players (and their fans) to quit shaving once the post-season begins, and not to shave it off until their playoff run is over. What seemed like a fun idea on day 1 (April 13, 2011) was starting to look ridiculous by day 64 (June 15, 2011).

Day 1 - April 13, 2011

I really should have taken a photo of it every day, that would have been a cool animation afterwards. I did not trim the beard at all, except for my upper lip and I shaved my neck because, well, neckbeard, yo.

April 24th, Day 12 - I kind of like how it looks here

The longer it grew, the bushier it got. I learned that full facial hair doesn’t suit me.

There it is, in all its bushiness

And, in shaving it off, I had to try on a couple different facial-hairstyles – when was I going to have this much face-bush again?

Yikes

If you knew me in the late 90s and early 2000s, this might look familiar, though I never let it get that bushy. Also there was less grey.

Goat-errific

Wow.

This is my personal fave.

In the end, I’m glad it’s off. Will I grow it again? Probably not.