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Its been a 41 year drought for the Vancouver Canucks. This can also be described as them never having a Stanley Cup to the teams name. In 1980, the New York Islanders started the famous "playoff beard" superstition. It is said that by allowing your beard to grow, it marks your teams progress in the playoffs and it must be cut once your team is out.

My point is that why do the Vancouver Canucks use a superstition that has never helped us? I understand that it is one of those "community building" superstitions where everyone has a common goal and it is an outward expression of their commitment to the team, yet the superstition itself has never helped us.

During the 2003 NHL Playoffs, Anaheim's #1 center Adam Oates refused to grow a playoff beard, noting that the superstition only works for 1 of the 16 playoff teams (a mere 6% effectiveness). (Wikipedia).

If our team has been growing playoff beards for nearly as long as the teams history, and it has NEVER helped produce a Stanely Cup. Then perhaps a lack of a beard should be our next foot forward.

Individuals would never have to put up with the constant "itch" that is associated with a playoff beard. You would never have to listen to your wife say "no" to you again in regards to being unshaven.

Obviously this post is meant in jest, yet I am curious as to why individuals choose to grow a playoff beard when it has never helped our team win.

What's your reason?

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I did it last year, 67 days long... It ALMOST worked. Even took a picture every other day to watch & post its progress.

But this year I didnt at all, cause i didnt think they needed it.

Let's just say, i might be going back to it next season!

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I did it last year, 67 days long... It ALMOST worked. Even took a picture every other day to watch & post its progress.

But this year I didnt at all, cause i didnt think they needed it.

Let's just say, i might be going back to it next season!

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It's just a hockey tradition, not really a superstition. I don't think anyone truly, honestly believes that the only way to win is to grow a beard. Last I checked, GMs still draft and trade for players based on skill, not based on how awesome a beard someone can grow.

It's all for the fun of it. And why not? It's a good tradition, a lot better than some other things people could cook up.

This is kind of like asking why fans wave towels, since it doesn't actually help their team win.

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to be the devil's advocate (as i often am)

you cant judge a superstition's level of performance or payoff!

you simply have no control to test it against, for one.

How do you know how well they would have done WITHOUT their superstitious behaviors?

Perhaps they would have done worse?

it could have been their superstition that carried them as far as it did...

I can understand people shooting down superstitions (cause they think its kinda silly)

but it seems like people don't understand them very well...

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It's just a hockey tradition, not really a superstition. I don't think anyone truly, honestly believes that the only way to win is to grow a beard. Last I checked, GMs still draft and trade for players based on skill, not based on how awesome a beard someone can grow.

It's all for the fun of it. And why not? It's a good tradition, a lot better than some other things people could cook up.

This is kind of like asking why fans wave towels, since it doesn't actually help their team win.

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I grow cause I am Canadian and its all about the passion I have for the team. Last year we went to Mexico during the San Jose series and I kept the beard going in that heat. I also wore my lucky Linden jersey every game day all day in that blazong heat. I watched every game even if I was the only one watching in the bar. For the last game of that series the sports bar / casino would not put the game on. So I hopped in a cab and had it take me to another place where I just happened to notice a restaurant / bar had the game on the tv outside. I had the cab pull a u-turn and went in. I sat down and watched on a small like 10" tv. Only to have the Server tap me on the shoulder and point to the large projector screen that they dropped down just for me to watch. Thats what we live for. Go Nucks Go

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