With a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Friday night at the United Center, the Hawks clinched their first playoff berth since the 2001-02 season and that coveted break from shaving.
It's not a proven science that having the fullest beards means you are the best team. There also is no prerequisite that you have to be hairy in order to hoist the Stanley Cup.
Still, that hasn't stopped some recent champions -- or really anyone else for that matter -- from growing it out.
Detroit Red Wings (2007-2008)
Anaheim Ducks (2006-2007)
Carolina Hurricanes (2005-2006)
Should Hawks fans be concerned that two of their team's best players may only have peach fuzz after a week of attempted growth?
No, but it should be fun to watch. (Some fans already are on the team's message board).
And at least Kane and Toews won't be alone. See Sidney.