It’s gone. Like the 2017 Stanley Cup hopes of this crop of Edmonton Oilers, Mayor Don Iveson’s playoff beard is now just a memory.
“It was sad to have to take off the playoff beard. But I understand you have to take it off right away,” Iveson told reporters. “I think next year I gotta start when we clinch. I gotta start earlier.”
“First of all my skin’s kind of irritated. And I’d kind of got used to it. I’d never grown it out that far before so I’ll miss it but I’m confident it’ll return next year.”
How’d it look? A touch more salt and peppery than anticipated.
“That was the weird thing. There was a little more grey in there than the last time I let my beard grow. But that’s three and a half years of public service for you in the mayor’s office,” he chuckled.
And Mayor Don Iveson does have it in him, to cheer for the Ottawa Senators.
“I think as Canadians after 23-24 years without a cup in Canada (Montreal Canadiens, 1993) you kind of have to get behind the Senators. It’s not where we wanted to be but none of the alternatives are palatable.”
The alternatives begin the semi-finals Friday with Nashville at Anaheim. Pittsburg and Iveson’s beloved Senators start Saturday.