The Sharks Beard-A-Thon Begins

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 2:19 PM PT / News
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The Sharks Beard-A-Thon Begins
Join in on the tradition of the playoff beard.

SAN JOSE, California - The San Jose Sharks have officially secured their spot in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and fans everywhere have the opportunity to join in on the tradition of the playoff beard. The Sharks Foundation and many other charities across the NHL are grateful for this tradition as proceeds from the Beard-a-thon® will benefit these organizations.

Those fans that choose to "grow" are joining the ranks of all the Sharks players who will go without shaving for the duration of the team's playoff run. Not shaving doesn't necessarily mean growing a full beard, and for some, the effort is what really counts. Sharks players and the fans that participate can invite their friends and family to pledge a donation amount to support their playoff beard. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beard can also pledge their friends or favorite Sharks player. For more information or to enroll in the Sharks Beard-a-thon, please log onto www.beardathon.com/sharks. All donations to the Sharks Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.

Over the last two seasons, nearly 800 fans participated in this cause and raised over $25,000 for the Sharks Foundation.

About the Playoff Beard

A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the four-time Stanley Cup Champion New York Islanders. In recent years, other sports and other players have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is ultimately a hockey tradition, and always will be.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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