The Playoff Beard
One of the superstitions which take effect in hockey come springtime, and one of the most readily visible signs of the playoff grind, is the Playoff Beard. For those who hold to the tradition, the face goes unshaven until one is eliminated from post-season play. A big beard in the playoffs is a sign of victory.
This was drawn as Roberto Luongo, famously controversial and much-maligned goaltender, and his team the Vancouver Canucks were on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals.