The hairy result of a superstition turned tradition in the National Hockey League (NHL) by which players of a given team refuse to shave their beards upon making it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In recent years, this tradition has extended from players to fans, making an unkempt beard during playoff season acceptably insofar as one's team of choice is still working toward Lord Stanley's Cup. The beard can only be shaven off under two conditions: (1) The team of choice has won Lord Stanley's Cup and hoist it high as the National Champions; (2) The team of choice has lost the playoffs and must shave themselves to begin preparing for next season.
Mark: Whoa, that's some unruly facial hair you've got going there.
Ian: Yep! The Red Wings made it to the Finals. You know I can't shave my playoff beard until they win...
Mark: Too true.
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