The art of playoff hair with Islanders prospect Mitchell Theoret

Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Mitchell Theoret sports his 2012 playoff "flow' courtesy Barber Will at Blackbeards in St. Catharines.

We’re all aware that many hockey players have their superstitions, but especially in the playoffs, many will take it to the next level.

Whether it’s growing a “muzzy” or a playoff beard, or dying/cutting their hair, the extra effort certainly brings some extra umph to the playoff atmosphere.

For Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders draft pick Mitchell Theoret, taking his hairdo up a peg each season is an important part of the ritual. While many of his teammates also get a specialized cut for the post-season, it’s safe to say Theoret goes above and beyond.

And why does he do it?

“I think what inspires me to do playoff hair is that it will make me stand out and get people laughing,” the 6’1″, 210 pound forward told CoincidentalMinors.com.

A known jokester and comedian in the dressing room, Theoret enjoys lightening the mood and providing some laughs for his teammates, but when he hits the ice, his focus and serious tone takes over. In 62 games with the IceDogs this season, Theoret has notched 12 goals and 21 points, in addition to picking up 39 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating.

Back to the haircut, fans in Niagara have seen many different styles sported by Theoret over his tenure with the team, but this year may be the best yet.

“I’ve had some pretty weird haircuts over the past three years, but I think this one tops all,” Theoret said.

Although Theoret is focused and determined while playing the game, he admits that his personality off the ice is rather unique, and maybe a little crazy?

“I don’t think you have to be a little crazy, you got to be nuts,” he said jokingly. “Who would ever want to walk around looking like a clown… Me!”

Theoret’s haircut was styled by @BarberWill_ at Blackbeards Barber Shop in St. Catharines, although Will’s work only turns out that way at the client’s request… Nonetheless, having the guys come in and get their special cuts is always an enjoyable experience.

“It’s great; the guys come in and take over the shop and we joke around with each other so, it’s definitely fun,” Will said, adding Theoret’s imagination is one of the biggest he’s seen. “It’s the third year in a row now he’s done the wildest cut of them all, and he may even be responsible for dragging some of the other guys in.”

This year, teammates David Pacan, Myles Doan, Milan Doudera, Ryan Strome and Brett Ritchie joined the festivities.

While Theoret and his IceDogs teammates may get the most attention when sporting the playoff cuts, Will says many other local hockey teams come in and request similar styles come playoff time.

“We get the [St. Catharines Junior B] Falcons in, the Port Colborne Junior B team came in, and even minor hockey gets their Mohawks and colours, but Theo is definitely taking it to the next level.”

To see more hairdos, visit Blackbeards’ website at www.blackbeards.ca.

Twitter Chatter:

IceDogs’ forward Joel Wigle: “@jjwigs: Got more than my fare share of stares this morning. #NoHatsAllowed, #PlayoffFlow

Myles Doan: “@Doan12 @Theoret23 always has the best playoff hair http://pic.twitter.com/2nddnBmg

David Pacan: “@pacmanTWOTWO David Pacan named best flow in eastern AND western conference #OHL

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