Photos: Eric Brooks

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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Screencap via Reddit user domaa

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin may not have had his best game on Sunday, but one super fan managed to get the Great 8 into the highlight reel anyway. During a stoppage in play, a man with a giant “8” shaped and colored into his epic beard saluted the Colorado crowd and the CSN cameras. One of our readers, @pthompsonktown, tells us he’s a DC transplant who now lives out in Denver.

This moment in facial hair history is definitely not brought to you by Gillette.

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