It's playoff time in the Major Junior ranks. I will be taking in Games 3-5 of the Calgary Hitmen/Lethbridge Hurricanes series at the Saddledome tonight, Thursday, and Saturday. The thing about Major Junior playoffs is that they go beyond the playoff beard. That's not to say the beard is not important....because if I said that, then Cap'n Bosh's Blog would cry.
That said-- it seems that hockey hair has taken a new meaning altogether. For example, the Barrie Colts (OHL) have dyed their hair blue and the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) have dyed their hair blonde. However, it seems that the Hitmen have gone above and beyond the call of duty for this fest.
The Hitmen have not only brought back the CH Army (apparel that you too can purchase), but they have been connected as one by mohawking their hair. This was inspired by defenseman Dylan Yeo who stated "Win together now, stay together forever," which he has also stitched on the back of his CH Army Shirt.
You've gotta love the younger players though. They aren't afraid to be noticed. They want to have great team unity and this is the way to do it. Many of these guys may not even see the NHL for a while, if at all, so this to them is their Stanley Cup and their time to shine. Let this be a lesson to the pros that you can go out and have some fun with the whole playoff deal. Of course, I'm sure that there are some players who would look quite out of place with the dyed hair or what-have-you, so I guess we'll leave it up to the Junior players to lead the way.
I'm hoping I'll have the chance to take some shots of the boys with their hair and all to put on display. If you have any picture of the different things your team does in the playoffs, please feel free to send them to us by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post them up on our Message Board, once we get enough-- that is.