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?


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.

This is my personal fave.

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


Published by Tim Ayres

Tim Ayres is a Sooke and Victoria BC REALTOR®, with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty. Tim is actively involved in helping clients buying and selling real estate in the southern Vancouver Island region. Tim is an active member of the Victoria Real Estate Board and served seven years (2009-2015) as a director, including serving as President in 2014.

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