NBC Sports Exec Wants Hockey Players to Shave Their Playoff Beards
What's your biggest complaint about watching hockey? That it's hard to follow the puck? There isn't enough scoring? There's too much fighting? There's not enough fighting?
An NBC Sports exec doesn't think hockey players should grow "playoff beards," because it obscures their handsome good looks.
Mark Lazarus tells the Chicago Tribune:
The players won’t like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,” Lazarus said. “Let’s get their faces out there. Let’s talk about how young and attractive they are. What model citizens they are. (Hockey players) truly are one of a kind among professional athletes.
“I know it’s a tradition and superstition, but I think (the beards do) hurt recognition. They have a great opportunity with more endorsements. Or simply more recognition with fans saying, ‘That guy looks like the kid next door,’ which many of these guys do. I think that would be a nice thing.”
Lazarus says he has discussed this with NHL officials and the NHL Players Association, but, "They don't want to listen to me."
I say we keep the beards!