HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There are some clear signs at Havoc practice that the playoffs are near. Aside from increased intensity and pace, facial hair is running rampant on the team.
"It's just one of those hockey traditions that's kind of fun. The hope is that when you're taking a picture after winning a championship, there is a lot of facial hair," says Havoc Head Coach Glenn Detulleo.
Traditionally, hockey players in all leagues around the world will shave following the last regular season game, but SPHL playoffs last only a maximum of three weeks. Therefore, some Havoc players started growing their playoff whiskers early to ensure a full beard come March.
Defenseman Paul Kurceba is one of those players.
"It's only three rounds with best of three so the beards don't get too long. I've been growing mine all year in preparation for the playoffs," said Kurceba.
He's not alone. Many of his teammates have already begun growing some burly masterpieces.
Here at WHNT News 19, we want to support the team in any way possible. Therefore, Sports Director Ryan Cody will be ditching the razor for the Havoc's playoff run. If you want to join him or just follow along for reaction, follow Ryan on Twitter @rtcody and @whnt_sports.
The Havoc's regular season ends Saturday, March 22. Playoffs start next weekend and could go through early to mid-April if the Havoc win. Keep checking back for beard updates!