Edmonton Oilers’ Eric Gryba to shave beard for Garth Brooks’ charity

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WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba will part with his beard - ranked one of the best in the NHL - for Garth Brooks' charity. Emily Mertz explains – Feb 13, 2017

It’s been ranked one of the best beards in the NHL but Edmonton Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba is vowing to chisel it off for a good cause.

Gryba posted a video on Facebook promising he’d shave his beard and donate $5,000 to country star Garth Brooks’ charity if the video received more than 5,000 likes.

Brooks is arriving in Edmonton late this week for a slew of sold-out shows at Rogers Place.

He’s also co-founder of Teammates for Kids, an organization that works with athletes, companies and celebrities to generate funds for children’s charities.

“I got the 5,000 likes to donate my $5,000 and shave my beard – that happened in the first, like, half hour of it being up,” Gryba said Monday. “Then Garth said get to 25,000 likes [and] he’ll donate another $5,000.”
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The Oilers Foundation is donating $2,500.

“Then Trisha Yearwood tweeted me this morning saying she’s going to donate another $5,000 as long as we don’t shave Garth’s beard or his facial hair,” Gryba recalled. “I said that’s more than generous. We’re raising a lot of money and I think more importantly, awareness for a great charity.”

The video reached 25,000 likes early Monday.

Gryba said Teammates for Kids does great work.

“Just helping kids with good health, education, inner-city outreach – they’re big into doing these Fun Zones in hospitals, giving sick kids the opportunity to do things that normal kids would be able to do if they weren’t sick – games, video games, all the fun stuff of being a kid while they’re in the hospital and getting treatment.”

Several lists have ranked Gryba’s beard among the best in the NHL over a number of years.

The 28-year-old said he will shave his beard live sometime this week on the Edmonton Oilers Facebook page.

UPDATE: Gryba made the cut Wednesday morning!


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