BOSTON (CBS) – One sure sign the NHL playoffs have finally ended is clean shaven hockey players.

One of the last members of the Boston Bruins to shave off his playoff scruff was perhaps the most important one. Goaltender Tim Thomas was at the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in Boston Monday afternoon, to finally have his playoff beard shaved off. It was all for charity, with a check towards charitable causes presented in Thomas’ name.

“The shave felt great. I could have fallen asleep in that chair,” Thomas said, without a thick beard for the first time in months.

Thomas did not shave off all his facial hair though, opting to keep his mustache.

Photos: Thomas Gets A Shave

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Master Barber Arthur Mirzakan of The Art of Shaving had the honors, and made sure Thomas got a nice, clean shave as he heads into an off-season full of celebration, TV appearances, and most importantly, Wednesday night’s NHL Awards.

Thomas Gets His Playoff Beard Shaved Off

It has been a busy week for the Conn Smythe winner, from a national TV appearance on Friday to Saturday’s parade to a Sunday at Fenway Park. But Thomas was finally able to get some long deserved sleep Sunday night.

“I got 11 hours last night,” he joked. “More than I got all playoffs, for sure.”

Thomas Talks Shave, Bruins

The Bruins will not have much time to rest before the 2011-12 NHL season is upon them. Training camp begins in September, and Thomas is confident his team will put up a fight at defending the Cup when the season arrives.

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“The way our roster is built, it looks like well be able to keep the majority of our team together,” he said. “(Fans) can look forward to the same type of effort and team work that we gave this season.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Before he can get to next season, Thomas has some unfinished business to take care of this off-season. He is the favorite to take home his second Vezina Trophy on Wednesday after setting a new NHL record with a .938 save percentage in the regular season.

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