Itâ€™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 weâ€™re seeing skate into training camps now that the NHL has finally returned from its lockout hiatus.
In fact, weâ€™d like to applaud their commitment to letting themselves go. Take a moment to peer into Brent Burnsâ€™s thicket of tangled wilderness. Itâ€™s at the same time magnificent and horrifyingâ€”the man looks like heâ€™s spent the entire off-season running with a pack of wolves. Itâ€™s an impressive feat, seeing as hockey players are already considered some of the gruffest athletes out there.