- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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Hockey players are known for growing their playoffs beards, and the Boston Bruins grew some epic facial hair during the Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and again last spring when they lost in the finals to the Chicago Blackhawks. So, what do the Bruins think the Red Sox players should do with their beards?
“They put a lot of work into growing them so I guess the decision is on them,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton. “They’re a bunch of good guys over there and if they’re saying do it for charity then that’s the way to go. I’m sure they won’t have any problem finding people to sponsor them to shave that off.”
Every season Thornton and the Bruins hold their “Cuts for a Cause” where they grow their hair and then shave it to raise money for children battling cancer.
Thornton for one is impressed with the Sox’s dedication for growing their beards all season.
“It’s awesome,” Thornton said. “We grow ours for three months tops, and for them to go the whole year is impressive. You can say that [hockey players] started it in the 70s, but I don’t know if anyone would have the dedication to grow one for a full hockey season and playoffs. That’s a long ... time.”