Everyone in the NHL Community loves the month of November for one reason or another. Whether it is because the season is in full swing, the intensity is rising high or the fact that the fabulous mustaches come to life and I am a huge fan of the ‘stache!
Here are the most impressive specimens among players who grew it out for Movember, the month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues by growing fabulous facial hair throughout November. Keep in mind that we limited this to players, coaches and fans that began their mustaches during the month of November, and not before. Yes, I said fans too!!
12. Ron Wilson, Toronto Maple Leafs
I love the grandpa look we have going on here! Plus, his facial expression doesn’t change very much either.
11. Derek MacKenzie, Columbus Blue Jackets
MacKenzie’s transformation from Scott Gomez (notes)-esque charmer to soap opera villain was undeniably impressive. And also, giving the Blue Jackets something to be proud about seems like it’s within the holiday spirit of charity.
10. Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks held a contest for Movemeber and Selanne was the victor, so who are we to deny his greatness? Along with a spot on this list, he won that brown jacket you see on the right, and looks like every cop from a 1970s detective show in the ensemble.
9. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Eh, Carey graced us with his Canadien-style mustache.
8. Tyler Rumsey, Fan
Tyler is the first of only two fans that have made the list and there is no denying his awesome stache. Also a fellow Lock Haven University Student, as am I.
7. Doug Spatafore, Hockey Power Hour Co-Host and Fan
Doug is the only other fan to make the list and he is a die-hard Penguins fan. Doug is also an LHU grad and you have heard him on Hockey Power Hour on Wednesday nights.
6. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
His mustache was so [expletive] nutty last year, it’s impossible not to feel like the 2011 version didn’t live up to standards. But it turned out to be one of the better crumb-catchers in the League.
5. Vernon Fiddler, Dallas Stars
His Robin Williams from “The Birdcage” ‘stache filled out quite nicely. We’d wager he’s one dude who might be better off keeping it on.
4. John Scott, Chicago Black Hawks
He is new, and well the stache isn’t too bad for a first timer either. With one duster, he goes from looking like an NHL enforcer to an offensive lineman for the Bears in the mid-1980s.
3. Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins
We went from the look of professorial to one that made him look like your cool uncle with the refurbished sports car. Kudos to you Bylsma!
2. Nate Thompson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Handlebars like a Harley Davidson. Seriously, if there was ever a fire in a highrise, people could probably escape harm by sliding down this man’s ‘stache.
But…he was beat out by one man! DRUM ROLL!! Your #1 Stache goes to??
1. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Some believe Giroux is the early season leader for the Hart Trophy. Maybe he is. Maybe he isn’t. But he’s our follicle MVP for Movember. Seriously, that’s not a fake from the party store gag bin?
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! I look forward to the beards come playoff season! Until then, I will stick to delivering real hockey news.