Category: playoff beard

Where's the swagger, Hawk fans?

Where's the swagger, Hawk fans?
After last night’s 4-3 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings, the Chicago Blackhawks are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four seasons. Let’s recap the 2013 season : The Blackhawks won the President’s Trophy for best record in the league.  In fact, had the season not been shortened by... Read more »

Playoff beard maintenance tips from Chicago's beard authority

Playoff beard maintenance tips from Chicago's beard authority
To long time beard enthusiasts like me, the NHL playoff season can look like facial hair amateur hour. With that in mind, I’ve decided to catch up with the founder of the Chicago Beardsmen facial hair club, and my cousin, Ben Zawaski.  Ben is perhaps the most enthusiastic and dedicated beard owner I know.  His commitment to beardiness is unparalleled.  He can... Read more »

Relax...the Blackhawks are still alive

Right now, Chicago hockey fans are panicked.  A 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks has been amplified to a 7-0 blowout loss.  Please step off the ledge…the season isn’t over. The first period last night was a huge problem.  The Hawks had no answer for the Canucks’ onslaught.  It was men vs boys for 20... Read more »
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How the "1" will be won

The Blackhawks have won 67 games this season.  52 in the regular season, 15 in the playoffs, but none of them matter except #68.  Unless you’ve been living in a cave the last few days, the Hawks are one win away from clinching their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Hopefully by the end of the... Read more »

A Challenge to Blackhawks Fans

Nobody said it was easy, but no one ever said it would be so hard.  Oh God…did I just quote Coldplay.  What has this come to? The Flyers took it to the Hawks in Game 4 Friday night, and all of a sudden hockey panic has taken over Chicago.  The reasons why have been beaten... Read more »

Antti Niemi said NO (more 45 shot games please!)

Antti Niemi was absolutely spectacular in Sunday night’s wins over the Sharks.  It was perhaps the best goaltending performance I’ve seen from a Hawks goalie in 10 years. But as Lou Brown in Major League once said, “Don’t ever f***in’ do it again!” The San Jose Sharks peppered Niemi with 45 shots…many of them prime... Read more »
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Once again, Hawks outclass brainless Canucks

Before I sat down to host my hockey postgame show on the Score last night, I wrote down three words:  Discipline, Coaching, and Character.  These three things have been the key to the Blackhawks 3-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks.  While rampant douchebaggary can be expected from guys like Alexander Burrows, Shane O’Brien, and... Read more »

Looks like big changes for Blackhawks Game 4 lineup

While Joel Quenneville hasn’t confirmed these lines, look for some significant changes in the Hawks lineup Thursday night in Nashville.  The following lines were used Wednesday at the Hawks afternoon skate; Bryan Bickell – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane Tomas Kopecky – Patrick Sharp – Marian Hossa Andrew Ladd – Dave Bolland – Kris Versteeg... Read more »

Preds perfect road game ruins Hawks' party

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.  Working all day at the Score, taking calls from excited Hawk fans, seeing Rocky Wirtz in our studios with a twinkle in his eye, and walking from the Malcolm X parking lot to my seats in the UC, the crowd was electric.  The anthem was deafening.  As Jim... Read more »
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Crash Course in Playoff Beards : History, Growth and Management

Crash Course in Playoff Beards : History, Growth and Management
It’s that time of year again.  As the flowers begin to bloom, grass begins to grow and the ivy at Wrigley Field turns from brown to green, men all along the continent begin sprouting their own growths. Yes, it’s playoff beard time.  If you’re new to the phenomenon, the hockey tradition was started in the... Read more »