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.
And while we're on the subject, check out this classic from Molson Canadian:
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