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The Borg: SI's 2017 Beard Bracket

It's playoff time, which means it's time for everyone's favorite tradition: the playoff beard! Who has the NHL's best full facial hair? Vote now and see.

Thanks to the New York Islanders of the early 1980s, playoff beards are engrained in the sport of hockey. Heading into the 2017 postseason, there’s a host of players who already have their game-ready looks, while there will be at least a couple of NHLers who give us some follicular follies to talk about.

With that in mind, we decided to let you, the fans, decide who has the best chin curtains around to take home the inaugural Borg award, named for tennis great Bjorn Borg, said to have influenced those Cup-winning Islanders who started the whole trend.

Here are the rules:

• One player from each 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff team.
• Said player must already have their beard at the start of the postseason.
• First-round match-ups are decided by real-life first-round playoff opponents. Matchups will follow the bracket thereafter.
• Voting takes place on Twitter—choose wisely!
• Share your vote with hashtag #SIBeardBracket!

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