5 players who really let themselves go during the NHL lockout

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It doesn’t take long for even the most well-groomed man to go completely feral. Without any outside motivation to wash, shave, and dress properly, most men will do the absolute minimum necessary to survive from day-to-day. Given the opportunity, a man will lounge around the house in his underwear, drinking milk straight from the carton, while growing a gross neckbeard and averaging half a shower per week.

Consider, then, that the NHL was locked out for months, leaving hundreds of men jobless. While some outsourced themselves to Europe and kept themselves clean-cut for their new employers, others took the opportunity to completely let themselves go.

Why does this matter? Because training camp is when the official team pictures are taken; it’s the NHL equivalent of picture day at school. And not everyone took the time to clean themselves up after 6-8 jobless months. Here are the 5 most egregious examples.


5 | Kris Versteeg

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On July 1, 2012, the Florida Panthers signed George Parros. Kris Versteeg looks like he has been growing his dirty, dirty moustache ever since. Coincidence? Yes. Versteeg is actually growing the moustache in support of a friend who is battling cancer, rather than trying to compete with Parros, which is really for the best.


4 | Greg Zanon

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I feel like Greg Zanon grew this beard as a protection against concussions. If anyone tries to check him in the chin from the blindside, the check will be cushioned by the three inches of bushiness, resulting in minimal to no damage.

My favourite part? He kept his head bic’ed completely clean. It’s like he forgot which part of his head the razor is for.

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