While many of the Bruins had their playoff beards shaved soon after returning to Boston with the Stanley Cup in tow, Tim Thomas waited until Monday.
At the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in Boston, Thomas had his beard shaved for charity. The proceeds of the event will go to charities supported by Thomas.
"It feels awkward," Thomas said. "I've had that beard for a long time now."
According to a reporter at the event on Monday, a study by Remington showed that clean-shaven athletes perform better than bearded ones.
"Really?" Thomas asked.
The Bruins' goalie allowed just eight goals in seven Stanley Cup Final games against the Vancouver Canucks to earn himself the Conn Smythe Trophy. Imagine how good he would have been with a smooth face?
"I don't know what to say about that," Thomas said when told of Remington's study. "If that's the case I just feel fortunate that we won the Cup because I hadn't shaved in a while. I wasn't clean-shaven at all."
Thomas kept his mustache, saying that his oldest daughter liked it and he wanted to keep her happy.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.