Every April, the NHL playoffs start. And every April hockey players start growing their "playoff beards," the rough, tough, scruff they swear not to shave until they've won the Stanley Cup or been knocked out by a better team. It's one of the best traditions in all of sports. Thing is though, we noticed that more than a couple of these hockey heroes' beards make them look like historical figures. Is that Jaromir Jagr or General Ambrose Burnside? You tell us. Civil war beard styles.
Henrik Lundqvist and Fidel Castro
The comparison's not hard to see: both men are revolutionaries, Castro of Cuba, Lunqvist of goaltending, both set records, Lunqvist with the New York Rangers, Castro with unemployment rates in the '80s, and both have fuzzy beards that descend a bit farther down their necks than they should.
Scott Hartnell and Yukon Cornelius
Both red and lush, Scott Hartnell, now a Columbus Blue Jackets' left winger, and the beloved (and slightly unnerving) Claymation prospector Yukon Cornelius know how to grow enviable beards. What Hartnell lacks in handlebar moustache, he makes up for in flowing, curly ginger locks.
Jaromir Jagr and General Ambrose Burnside
The mutton chop-mustache combo sported by right wing Jaromir Jagr, now with the Florida Panthers, and Union Army Civil War General Ambrose Burnside ooze distinction. These men, old and wise, are to be feared and revered for their victories on the ice and the battlefield. Ambrose served as Senator of Rhode Island until his death in 1881. At 43, it looks like Jagr will play till he's dead, too.
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Tim Thomas and Tom Selleck
Goaltender Tim Thomas, who most recently played with the Dallas Stars, forwent the traditional NHL playoff beard for a more refined, more Selleck-style of 'stache. It takes guts to guard the crease against screaming slap shots, but it takes even more testicular fortitude to rock such distinctive upper lip hair. We can only assume his chest is also that hairy.
Zdeno Chara and Ulysses S. Grant
Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara towers over his opponents at a menacing 6 foot 9 inches, but when it comes to playoff beards, Chara keeps it just as classy as our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant.
Lanny McDonald and Grover Cleveland
Another mustache, another presidential comparison. Lenny McDonald's fiery 'stache nearly puts Grover Cleveland's to shame, but there's something inherently more elegant about oval office lip whiskers compared to those jammed under a '80s face guard.
Sidney Crosby and Che Guevara
Sid the Kid wishes he had the patchy whiskers of Che Guevara. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain has been trying to grow a passable beard since his NHL draft in '05, but even with the '09 Stanley Cup to his name, his stubble pales in comparison to the malformed fuzz of el Che.
Brent Burns and Grigori Rasputin
It's really the intensity of these two men that pairs their beards so well. Both are unkempt and greasy, which is exactly the kind of beard that could survive the switch from forward to defensemen or multiple assassination attempts.
Mike Commodore and Orson Pratt
These beards are not so much brothers in size and shape, but rather kindred spirits of wild follicular abandon. Commodore is a bit top heavy compared to his polygamous historical counterpart, but he got around too, playing with seven NHL teams in his 14-year career.
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Chris Mason and Lieutenant General Richard Ewell
Goaltender Chris Mason, who now plays with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, dons a similar bald and bearded look to Confederate General Richard S. Ewell. Ewell's moustache has more panache, but Mason has more winning seasons under his belt.