It’s never easy to see the silver lining when your livelihood is in jeopardy, which is why we can excuse all of the unkempt beards we’re seeing skate into training camps now that the NHL has finally returned from its lockout hiatus.

In fact, we’d like to applaud their commitment to letting themselves go. Take a moment to peer into Brent Burns’s thicket of tangled wilderness. It’s at the same time magnificent and horrifying—the man looks like he’s spent the entire off-season running with a pack of wolves. It’s an impressive feat, seeing as hockey players are already considered some of the gruffest athletes out there.

A few more of his scruffy colleagues…

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