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Brent Burns convinced Joe Thornton to grow out his beard

We learned a lot of good stuff tonight.

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Brent Burns and Matt Duchene participated in a Twitter Q&A tonight with Sonnet Insurance and we learned all kinds of good stuff about the San Jose defender and his teammates. I put together a Storify with all of his answers, which you can peruse at your leisure below. I embedded some of the highlights, if you just want to see the hits.

I’ll forgive whoever typed this for spelling Thornton incorrectly, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Burns was behind the beards all along. It was pointed out that he coined the “Lifestyle Beards” term, after all.

So ... does this mean he just has a python named “Python?” Or is it named like ... Pythagoras? Or something? This is either very creative or the least creative thing in the entire world.

I honestly believe this to be true.

I’m going to out myself as a pineapple-on-pizza-hater but ... come on man. In fairness, I’m also not one to ever turn down pizza. Put only pineapple on a pizza and I’d eat the heck out of it.