Here we go with the playoff beards. Personally, mine isn’t going to start until after I shave Easter morning.
First of all, Sal the barber at Sal’s Hair Station, located at 132 W. Post Road in White Plains — he’s been featured in The Journal News and has been called “a master of the art of beard trimming” — has offered a gift certificate for one free beard trim to whomever is judged to have the best playoff beard in a poll we will take later on.
If you don’t live locally, you can choose as your prize a pack of Bic razors autographed by me (I know, that’s what the loser should get).
Hey, it’s a work in progress.
What we’d really like is for those who are in to declare they are in, and even better, send us a “before” picture, or at least a photo of what you look like right now. We’ll figure out later on how we judge this thing in a poll — thickness, length, nastiness. Hopefully your New York Rangers can hang in there long enough for some growth.
E-mail your photos to me at rcarpini@LoHud.com. Try to limit them so you don’t crash my inbox. Like one or two per person. Then during the playoffs, say toward the middle or end of the first round, we’ll ask for some “during” photos. Then some “afters” after the Stanley Cup parade.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?
For those who missed John Tortorella’s WFAN interview this afternoon, you can replay it or download it on WFAN.com’s home page here.
Also, most of you have seen this, but for those who haven’t:
Battalion forward Evgeny Grachev named OHL rookie of the year
TORONTO — Brampton Battalion forward Evgeny Grachev is the Ontario Hockey League’s rookie of the year.
The 19-year-old from Yaroslavl, Russia, finished first among OHL rookies in scoring with 40 goals and 40 assists in 60 games to capture the Emms Family Award on Wednesday. Grachev, a New York Rangers draft pick, also helped Russia win a bronze medal at the world junior championships in Ottawa.
The winner was selected by OHL general managers, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. Candidates received five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.
Grachev received 47 points, ahead of Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers with 40 points and Calvin de Haan of the Oshawa Generals, who finished third with 31 points.
Grachev was also named to the all-rookie first time along with Seguin, de Haan, Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s, John Carlson of the London Knights and J.P. Anderson of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.
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Finally, photo above by Jane.