Lightning fans asked to join playoff tradition to benefit Pediatric Cancer Foundation

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning are encouraging fans to “grow one for the team” and participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. The Lightning Beard-a-thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beards and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2016 campaign will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Participants in the Lightning Beard-a-thon will invite family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. By joining the Beard-a-thon, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as the Lightning remain in the playoffs. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beards, can also pledge their beard grower. Bolts Nation can also support their favorite Lightning players like Ryan Callahan, Jason Garrison and more.

For more information, or to enroll in the Lightning Beard-a-thon, please go here.

Since the Beard-a-thon launched in 2009, hockey fans across North America have raised over $3.5 million for charities. All donations to the Lightning Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.

About the Playoff Beard

A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the four-time Stanley Cup Champion, New York Islanders. In recent years, other sports and other players have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is a hockey, and always will be, a hockey tradition.

About the Pediatric Cancer Foundation

With its national headquarters in Tampa, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer through the foundation’s collaborative research initiative, the Sunshine Project.

By partnering with doctors and researchers from the country’s top institutions, the Sunshine Project is fast-tracking the development of new drugs and therapies that will ultimately lead to the cure of childhood cancers. For more information, go here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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