Revealing the Secrets of Hockey Playoff Beards

No one takes beards more seriously than pro hockey players and their fans, who toss their blades each April when the playoffs begin, says Royal Philips Electronics. The road to the championship is long, and the beards even longer, it says.

Which begs the question, are hockey fans superstitious or just super stylish? Philips Norelco, a leading player in electric shaving and grooming, has teamed up with hockey pros Jeremy Roenick and Mike Modano to star in The Playoff Beard Follies, an outlandish three-part video series from Funny or Die that enlightens the world on hockey playoff beards and the faces behind them.

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“People might be surprised to hear that there is nothing I miss more about the game than growing a sweet playoff beard,” said Jeremy Roenick, pro hockey commentator and playoff beard professional. “That’s why I decided to come out of retirement, so I could give it another shot.”

“Being known for my skills on the ice is great, but I wish I’d gained more notoriety for my awesome playoff beard,” said Mike Modano, future hall-of-famer and playoff beard connoisseur. “I jumped at the chance to team up with JR and Philips Norelco to give it another ‘grow’ and really show the world what I’ve got.”

Rumors of a bearded rematch between Roenick and Modano have been circling since the beginning of the 2012 playoffs, and the time has finally come for sports fans everywhere to see real pro beards in action.

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Throughout the Funny or Die series, Roenick and Modano will explore this sacred hockey tradition, while reconnecting with their former playoff-bearded selves. In “Missing the Beards,” fans can watch the duo come to grips with what they miss most about their hockey careers — playoff beards.

Fans can become a part of the playoff beard conversation by sharing their bearded look on Twitter with the hashtag #HairiestStanley for a chance to be honored as “Beard of the Week” and win free Philip Norelco grooming and shaving products to keep their style in check.

For more information and to see the Funny or Die Playoff Beard Follies presented by Philips Norelco, visit

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