Guy Lafleur hates the bodacious beards of Thornton, Burns

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For many Montreal Canadiens fans of a certain age, some of their best memories came when Guy Lafleur was bounding down the ice with his iconic hair flapping in the wind.

Apparently the legendary forward thinks that someone’s facial hair shouldn’t quite get to that point, however.

While Lafleur is fine with playoff beards, there’s a point of no return, and he believes that San Jose Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Brent Burns are long past that. Here’s what he told the Montreal Gazette.

“To me to see the Sharks with the long beards, I think it’s a disgrace for hockey,” Lafleur said. “I hate it. It’s not a good image for the NHL. I don’t mind a guy wearing a beard, but to his belly … enough is enough. The team’s managers should put their foot down. They can’t see the puck (laughs). That’s why they’re struggling.”

Shockingly, he had harsher comments for the Sharks as a whole, wondering if they “really want the Stanley Cup.” It just so happens that beard-bashing is a lot more fun to discuss than … well, just about anything, really.

Let’s enjoy a montage of Lafleur moments, hearkening back to simpler, less-bearded times:

(H/T to The Hockey News.)

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