Will Tremonte found a fun way to celebrate the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship and raise some cash for a local cause Wednesday night.
Tremonte hosted a playoff beard shaving event at his downtown Wauconda barber shop. For 10 bucks, fans could have their beards removed with a close-cutting clipper and shave the remains at home.
Guys who participated received a 10-ounce stadium cup from Bulldogs Grill and a drink ticket at Middleton's on Main, both Wauconda establishments. Tremonte said he'd donate a good portion of the proceeds to Wauconda Park District sports programs.
"Some of the hairy Hawks fans have a chance to beautify Wauconda," Tremonte said.
Players have a tradition of growing beards when the National Hockey League playoffs start and keeping them until their teams are eliminated. In the case of the Hawks' players and the male fans who emulated them, they had plenty of time to grow the playoff beards, because the team went the distance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Patrick Ringel, 27, of Wauconda was the first to have his beard removed by Tremonte, as "Chelsea Dagger" played when the shearing began. Ringel said his friends were ready to do the honor right after the Hawks captured the Stanley Cup when they beat the Boston Bruins on Monday night, but he preferred to wait for Tremonte.
Ringel, who described himself as a huge hockey fan, said he couldn't wait to get rid of the facial hair.
"You have no idea," he said. "It's way too hot."