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The big news from last night wasn’t that the Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 or that they tallied their franchise-record 55th win of the season. No, the Ovechkin Beard Guy returned! With his beard hair sculpted in a number eight (which included a circle!), the Ovechbeard grower was featured on the NHL’s Instagram page. “Beard goals,” the NHL wrote.

But this beautifully bearded human has a name. It’s Eric Brooks. We spoke to Eric several years ago and we learned that he’s a Caps fan from Rockville, Maryland who now lives in Colorado. He’s an illustrator and assistant brewer at Verboten brewery. He also competes in beard competitions because of course he does.

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RMNB reader Eric Brooks, AKA the Ovechkin Beard Guy, was at Verizon Center last night. He appeared to have a good time. We saw him twice: first in a selfie during warm-ups with Ovechkin in the background, and then again when his beautifully coiffed crumb catcher made an appearance during CSN’s intermission.

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The Story Behind The Guy with the Ovechkin Beard


Eric with one of his awards

Eric with one of his awards.

Ed. note: During Sunday night’s game in Colorado, CSN’s cameras found a Caps fan with a stunning Ovechkin-themed beard. It was surreal. We wrote about it. We asked the man behind the beard what could drives him to turn facial hair into art.

My name is Eric Brooks, a 24-year-old Washington Capitals fan from Rockville, now living in Fort Collins, Colorado. I am the president of the Rocky Mountain Beard and Moustache Club, a national beard and mustache competitor, and an illustrator and assistant brewer at Black Bottle Brewery.

So, about the beard. It all began 2 yeards (beard years) ago. One summer, I was introduced to a TV show called Whisker Wars, which highlighted a group of different individuals who competed in facial hair competitions around the world. This was something I had never heard of before and it really intrigued me. I decided to put down the razor for a while and see if I had any shot at this.

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