The Islanders dynasty of the early 80's is often credited with creating the tradition of the playoff beard. Since then, there has been an annual analysis of which players deliver the strongest growth. The competition is thick, which is why perennial mentions such as Dave Lowry, Clark Gillies, Max Talbot and Claude Giroux aren't included in the slideshow below. Nothing personal. This is definitely more subjective than scientific.
Greatest NHL Playoff Beards
Penner has had some practice letting his beard run wild. He won the Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and completed the SoCal parlay by doing it with Los Angeles in 2012.
He won the Conn Smythe in 2008 when the Red Wings beat the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.
He reached the Stanley Cup Final twice, losing with Calgary in 2004 and winning with Carolina in 2006.
Scott Niedermayer/Rob Niedermayer
The brothers won the Cup together with the Ducks in 2007. Scott is in the foreground of the photo.
He was the Conn Smythe winner in 2003 when Anaheim lost to the Devils in the final, but he captured the Cup in 2007.
He helped the Flyers reach the final in 2010 before losing to Chicago.
The Predators haven't made it past the second round yet, but it doesn't take long for him to reach full bloom.
Fans saw plenty of his beard as he was part of three Stanley Cup winners during his career in New Jersey.
Like Weber, he didn't need to reach the final to show off the thickness.
Always known for his mustache, McDonald capped off his career with the Cup in Calgary in 1989.
What's scarier? His beard or his slap shot?
Since the tradition goes back to the Islanders, we needed one of them to round out the list.
And while we're on the subject, check out this classic from Molson Canadian:
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