Scott Hartnell is bringing back the beard. This time it will be for a cause close to his heart.
As chairman of the NHLPA’s inaugural beard-a-thon campaign to benefit the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Philadelphia Flyers forward will once again let his unruly facial hair grow during the playoffs.
Hartnell had a memorable playoff beard a year ago—a Facebook page was started in its honour—but that isn’t the only thing that made him a natural choice to lead the campaign. He is an eager participant in the initiative because his mother, Joy, survived a stroke in 2001.
More on Joy’s recovery. The NHLPA has created an initiative to raise money for Canadian Heart & Stroke during this year’s playoffs. You can sign up at their Beard-a-Thon website to pledge your support.