Apr 062011
 

If there’s one thing we here at Canucks Hockey Blog can’t get enough of, it’s a little friendly competition. So in the spirit of things, we’re throwing down the gauntlet for the Canucks 2011 Playoff Beard Challenge.

Although the playoff beard itself has a storied and cherished past, and many have gone on to grow them to sasquatch-ian proportions, a few of us thought it would be better served if some order was brought to the madness. Last season, we had a number of participants step up such as myself (check out the mug below), Derek Jory (best known as the guy behind @canucksgame and a staff writer for the Vancouver Canucks, and many others – do you want to be that one person who doesn’t join in on the debauchery this season?

Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard - Chris - Day 29

To participate, simply take a picture of your beard from Day 1 through to the end of the Canucks playoff run and share it with the world. How to share you ask? Well, you can do one of the following:

And what would a challenge be without rules?

The Rules of the 2011 Canucks Playoff Beard Challenge:

  1. You don’t talk about Beard Club.. err.. the Challenge.
  2. You don’t talk about Beard Club.
  3. If you can’t do the beard, commit to something and stick to it (special ritual, personal habit, etc.). We here at the Challenge do not discriminate against those who can’t/don’t/won’t grow facial hair.
  4. Once you’re in, you’re in. Unless you’re not. We’re not that hardcore. But keep in mind the idea of a playoff challenge is to keep it going – and Lord knows we’ll make you feel shame should something untoward happen to the Canucks in the post-season AFTER you quit.
  5. The wishes of your significant other do not trump Beard Club. In fact, you should encourage him/her/it to heed the call to challenge and join up.

The Reward

At the end of the Canucks’ playoffs run – hopefully ending in a parade down Georgia St. – we’ll be giving away a $25 gift certificate to The Hurricane Grill to one random participant.

If you post your playoff beard photos on the official Flickr Group, you’re automatically entered in the draw.

If you post them on your Daily Booth, Twitter, MySpace, blog, etc., and want to enter the draw, we ask that you simply enter the link to your photo in the comments section of this post. (We’re not mind readers and won’t know where to look for your entry otherwise.)

So are you in?

[update: Because a few people asked, last shave is on Wednesday morning.]

  • http://twitter.com/edlau Ed Lau

    I’m in…although my playoff beard just looks like I forgot to shave for awhile instead of a glorious tribute to the Canucks post-season.

  • http://twitter.com/edlau Ed Lau

    I’m in…although my playoff beard just looks like I forgot to shave for awhile instead of a glorious tribute to the Canucks post-season.

  • http://twitter.com/canucksgame Canucks Game Tweets

    You know I’m in and you know you’re going down! Jory Beard to the rescue!

  • http://twitter.com/GSummy35 Greg Summy

    I’m in for sure! If I am the randomly selected winner I will have to donate the prize to someone in Van, as I am currently in the middle of nowhere, USA.

    It’s CANucks, not CANTnucks!

  • http://twitter.com/GSummy35 Greg Summy

    I’m in for sure! If I am the randomly selected winner I will have to donate the prize to someone in Van, as I am currently in the middle of nowhere, USA.

    It’s CANucks, not CANTnucks!

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris (@lyteforce)

    The Jory Beard may be strong, but the Lyteforce Beard is stronger. Just make sure you bring it!

  • http://twitter.com/hipcheck44 Will (@Hipcheck44)

    I’m in too! “Don’t fear the fans, fear the beard!”

  • http://twitter.com/RJtheSEO Ryan James

    I am so all over this.

  • http://twitter.com/LuuLuoKrisyx1x Kristiinee Wiinee

    Beards are one of the best part of playoff hockey!!! :D

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Sir_Earl Earl

    I’m in. will post pics on twitter – @Sir_Earl

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  • Cathieb

    As an athlete we’re told not to deviate from our normal routine before a big race … therefore, I don’t think the ‘ playoff beard ‘ is a good idea if it hasn’t been a normal routine.. could throw them off their game!

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris (@lyteforce)

    I hear what you’re saying Cathieb, but you have to agree that it seems nearly every NHL player starts to sport the facial hair in the post-season. My guess is that it’s actually very “routine” as a result.

  • Jraphael25

    Wake up people, stop watching the game with your eyes closed it’s not a scary movie. Violence has been in hockey for a long long time. Isn’t it what we all love. I’m sure a lot of you were cheering. I say why change anything, they’ll just find new ways to be violent. IT WON’T STOP UNTIL SOMEONE DIES!!!! 

  • http://www.leftcoastbydesign.ca/ Chris (@lyteforce)

    Call me confused.  We’re talking playoff beards here and you’re talking violence in hockey.  What the problem is?

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