Brent Burns shaves Joe Thornton’s massive beard

San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton, complete with his burly beard. (Nick Wass/AP)

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton is starting the season with a clean bill of health and a freshly shaved face.

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.

Still-bearded defenceman Brent Burns did the trimming honours, while a few other teammates documented the transformation.

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?

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