Apr 7, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and left wing Brandon Saad (20) react to a goal scored by center Jonathan Toews (not pictured) against the Nashville Predators during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Predators 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
It’s that time of year again where playoff bound hockey players become so focused that they can’t even shave. Most of them grow out their facial hair in a completely admirable fashion. The others, we let them pass as long as they make it deep into the playoffs. Their patchiness is commendable as long as they’re holding the Stanley Cup. But others… others take a different approach on their journey to the Cup.
Patrick Kane is continuing his staple playoffs style by growing a mullet complete with three stripes shaved on either side of his head. And he is grooming (pun totally intended) young Brandon Saad to follow in his footsteps. Saad has a similar, less fluffy mullet and done by his own free will, no dares or anything. Although, his only has two stripes on either side of his head, because you have to work your way up in this league.
Beards are great. Wannabe beards are acceptable as long as they’re playing hockey. Mullets are not either of those things. But on the bright side, it’s exciting to know that some of the best Blackhawks players are so young that they have find alternate ways to participate in the spirit of the postseason. And it’s hard to admit, but the mullets bring a little bit of fun to a tense situation and cause a few smiles here and there. So as much as this pains me to say, if Kane and Saad want to do the mullet thing, then I hope they do it for real.
May their mullets grow large in the playoffs and become unnoticeable next to Lord Stanley’s Cup in June. Cheers!
Do you think Kane’s mullet adds anything to the spirit of the playoffs?