Just for Men: 2015 Blackhawks

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What better place to begin a discussion about playoff beards than to touch on the defending champions?

Let’s rattle off the furry-faced 2015 Stanley Cup winners who made up the Chicago Blackhawks.

Duncan Keith

Picture someone who doesn’t just do their job with skill, but also with maximum effort. Imagine a person who logged more time on the job than anyone else and even fought through pain, someone described as a “freak.”

Now admit that you probably pictured someone with a big, bushy beard, much like the one Keith sports.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith celebrates as he speaks during a rally celebrating the NHL hockey club's Stanley Cup championship, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane

The Blackhawks’ two superstar forwards don’t have the greatest beards around, but much like Toews, they just get the job done.

Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, left, and Patrick Kane after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Chicago. The Blackhawks defeated the Lightning 2-0 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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In the case of Kane, let’s be honest: most of us think of his innovative “playoff mullet” more than his beard.

(Overall? Solid beards.)

Corey Crawford

Corey Crawford’s beard is a lot like his play: underrated, yet impressive once you really pour over it. Crawford tends to get lost in the shuffle, but should he? And should his beard?

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford answers a question during media day for the NHL hockey's Stanley Cup Finals Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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