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Eric Nystrom won Movember


If you’ve ever watched National Hockey League playoff action (and since you’re on a site called ProHockeyTalk, I’m guessing you have), you know that NHLers are quite adept at growing facial hair. Ergo, there should be no surprise the NHL raised $220,000 for the battle against prostate cancer, according to

Toronto lead all teams in funds raised, due in large part to the grey caterpillar that resided on Ron Wilson’s upper lip over the last 30 days. Coming in second were the Dallas Stars, led by checking forward Eric Nystrom. Nystrom led all NHL players with $5,739 raised over the month and grew a solid ‘stache:


(For a gallery of the best and worst NHL Movember moustaches, click here)

“I just put the word out, and my family and friends stepped up to the plate, donated money,” Nystrom told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s for a great cause, so why wouldn’t you?”

It was a great cause, but not just for charities. Movember also provided many websites with countless pages of filler content. If you’d like to see another NHL ‘stache gallery, Puck Daddy has one up. It features many quality moustaches, including the one that transformed Dan Bylsma into Mr. Bylsma, Grade 10 Woodworking Instructor.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.