Keep an eye on the upper lips of the Vancouver Canucks over the next month. You may start seeing some facial decoration. That’s right, Movember is back.
In case you don’t know what Movember is all about, please allow the Movember website explain:
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
The funds raised in Canada support the number one male cancer, prostate cancer.
The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, the two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
Now what, may you ask, does this have to do with hockey and the Canucks? I’m glad you asked, hypothetical person reading this blog.
Many NHL players and teams have embraced Movember as a thoroughly appropriate hockey charity. After all, hockey has a long and proud association with the moustache, from the classic majesty of Lanny McDonald’s bright orange walrus ‘stache and the I’m-not-sure-what’s-on-his-face of Harold Snepsts to the modern day moustaches of George Parros and Mike Brown.
The Anaheim Ducks, in particular, take Movember seriously (or as seriously as it can be taken). The aforementioned Parros has shaved off his famous moustache to start from scratch and goaltender Jonas Hiller is donning a special Movember goalie mask that is absolutely brilliant. The mask is covered in pictures of himself and his teammates, each with a moustache super-imposed above their upper-lip.
As for the Canucks, several players participated last year, as documented in this classic PITB post. Ryan Kesler’s moustache was particularly terrible/awesome, a pencil-thin beauty that deserved to be displayed alongside the classic moustaches of the Canucks’ past. While not widely publicized, the Canucks were involved in fund-raising as well.
How many Canucks will participate this season? Andrew Ebbett has suggested on Twitter that he might; will others join the cause? If so, you’ll be able to donate on their behalf through the Vancouver Canucks Movember page. I sincerely hope they do participate, both because moustaches are awesome and because cancer sucks.
(UPDATE: The Canucks are indeed participating in movember. At least, Kesler, Malhotra, and Alberts are. You can get more details on the Canucks website.)
I, for one, will be participating. I admit, however, that I’m cheating somewhat, cutting my beard into a moustache this morning rather than starting fresh with a clean-shaven face. I’m just not George Parros: it takes me a while to grow a respectable moustache.
If you wish to donate to the Movember cause on behalf of Pass it to Bulis, here’s my MoSpace. If you are a Bulie and want to grow a moustache to help raise funds for prostate cancer research, feel free to join the Pass it to Bulis team. Women can join as well, supporting the cause and moustaches in general. You may also donate directly to the Movember cause through the website.
If you do grow a moustache, here’s my challenge to you: the handlebar, imperial, and walrus moustaches are all fantastic, but just like a double rainbow is better than a regular rainbow, the best moustache style is the Double Moustache. You will be named Official PITB Bulie of the Month if you can pull that one off.
Tags: Cancer sucks, Double Moustache Man, George Parros, Moustaches, Movember