Playoff beard tradition in NHL continues to grow ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page file photo/associated press/1981 Sporting beards for the playoffs is a ritual that traces back to the glory days of the New York Islanders in the 1980s, but not everyone participated. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Tyler Seguin is one of many Bruins participating in one of hockey’s most celebrated — and itchy — traditions. Jim Davis/Globe Staff A longtime hockey historian, author, and broadcaster said it all started "in about 1980 with the beginning of the New York Islanders dynasty." Pictured: Brad Marchand. Jim Davis/Globe Staff "It wasn't a formal announcement or proclamation to the league," said the historian, Stan Fischler. Pictured: Patrice Bergeron. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The idea is to let the hair fester and grow to represent the team’s emotional and physical playoff grind, no matter how itchy. Pictured: Anton Khudobin. Jim Davis/Globe Staff It’s unclear when the Bruins joined in with the Islanders. Pictured: Dennis Seidenberg. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Tory Krug’s is a notch above peach fuzz. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Jaromir Jagr debuted a dyed mutton chop look for the Stanley Cup Final. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Adam McQuaid said while the added hair is uncomfortable, he is reminded how far his team has come every time he looks in the mirror. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Fischler said there was a movement to ban playoff beards altogether in the late 1980s. Pictured: Johnny Boychuk. Jim Davis/Globe Staff A former studio host for Bruins telecasts said beards were associated with communists or political radicals at that time. PIctured: Nathan Horton. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The NHL has embraced the tradition, such as 2009's "Beard-a-Thon," with fans pledging to grow beards for charity. Pictured: Zdeno Chara.