Hockey has long been known as the coolest sport on earth. Some say it is because it is on ice. Others believe it is due to the intensity and overall awesomeness. But perhaps there is another answer.
The facial hair.
While ladies may protest, the playoff beard has become a thing of legend; but hockey's affinity for follicle aficionados doesn't apply exclusively to the postseason, nor to just the beard.
From Lanny McDonald's perfection of the handlebar, to the monstrosity of a mustache belonging to George Parros; hockey has become inseparable from its' facial hair endowed participants.
It is with that in mind that this list was built. It is by no means comprehensive. Nor does it do justice to the majesty of these facial mains. Still, it provides hope to the legions of aspiring NHLers in Canada and beyond. For as important as accuracy, strength and skill may be; facial hair simply cannot be overlooked.