The veteran, who spent much of the off-season recovering from a serious knee injury — his second in as many seasons — will hit the ice Wednesday night a little bit lighter after shaving off his beard for the first time in… let’s just say it’s been a while.
Younger, faster, stronger, lighter! What a start to the season pic.twitter.com/bqlKDgk7m5
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) October 2, 2018
Still-bearded defenceman Brent Burns did the trimming honours, while a few other teammates documented the transformation.
End of an era … start of something special! Lets get it going again pic.twitter.com/U4yJVxbqKh
— Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) October 2, 2018
The 39-year-old has been known for his burly “lifestyle beard,” which put most of his peers’ facial hair to shame. (Those rookie playoff beards never stood a chance playing against Thornton.)
That beard went through some abuse on the ice at the hands of Nazem Kadri last season and then-Blues forward David Backes a few post-seasons ago.
Ah, the memories. Safe to say he’s started growing it back already?