The 1980 Islander’s team sparked a revolution in facial hair now known as ‘playoff beards’. 23 years later, former hockey pros spoke to For The Win about their pivotal fashion statement in today’s installment of Throwback Thursday.
So is it surprising to the hockey stars of the early ‘80s that playoff beards have stuck around long after Morrow and the 1980s Islanders retired?
One notable difference is that the Canadiens of the 1950s had to win only two playoff series to win the Cup; their 1970s counterparts had to win three series. As the NHL expanded and changed its playoff format, the road to the Cup lengthened and the 1980 Islanders were the first team to win four series. Consider this: They won an astonishing 19 straight playoff series.
The 1980 Islanders were the first Stanley Cup champions to include European players with defenseman Stefan Persson and winger Anders Kallur of Sweden. This was the first of four consecutive Cups for the Islanders, and they added two more Swedes, defenseman Tomas Jonsson in 1982 and winger Mats Hallin in 1983, as part of the run. Bonus trivia: Bob Nystrom (pictured), who bagged the 1980 Cup-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers, was born in Sweden but moved to Canada when he was 4.