Stanley Cup beards: before and after

A tradition started in the 1980s, players not shaving throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs has become a secondary source of competition throughout the NHL playoffs. With two and a half months worth of growth, we figured now is a good time to look at before and after photos of the players still vying for the Cup.

Zdeno Chara

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 30: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 30, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Zdeno Chara

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins plays against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zdeno Chara

Jonathan Toews

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on February 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks plays against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jonathan Toews

Johnny Boychuck

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 13: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins poses for his official headshot for the 2012-2013 season on January 13, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Johnny Boychuk

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins looks on against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Brandon Saad

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 13: Brandon Saad #43 of the Chicago Blackhawks poses for his official headshot for the 2012-2013 season on January 13, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

Brandon Saad

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 11: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks answers questions during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup media day at the United Center on June 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Patrice Bergeron

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins wears a Massachusetts State Police hat for warm ups prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Patrice Bergeron

"BOSTON, MA - JUNE 17: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Nick Leddy

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Nick Leddy #8 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates up the ice during the NHL game against the Calgary Flames on April 26, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nick Leddy

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Nick Leddy #8 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nick Leddy

Jaromir Jagr

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 26: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Dallas Stars skates with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 26, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jaromir Jagr

CHICAGO - JUNE 14: Jaromir Jagr during the workout. The Boston Bruins held a workout at the United Center as they prepare for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Patrick Kane

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on against the New Jersey Devils during the game at the Prudential Center on March 27, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Patrick Kane

!CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks to the media after his team's 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nathan Horton

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 12: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Nathan Horton

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins skates on the ice during warm ups for Game Four of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Corey Crawford

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 13: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks poses for his official headshot for the 2012-2013 season on January 13, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

Corey Crawford

.CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Goaltender Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks to the media after his team's 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 13: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins poses for his official headshot for the 2012-2013 season on January 13, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 17: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins is interviewed after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in Game Three of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Michal Handzus

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 13: Michal Handzus #26 of the San Jose Sharks poses for his official headshot for the 2012-13 season on January 13, 2013 at Sharks Ice in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Handzus

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Michal Handzus #26 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks up while playing the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Milan Lucic

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 30: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 30, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Milan Lucic

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19 : Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on during warm ups against the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)