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 Movember.com.
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.
Millions of men woke up this morning, looked at themselves in the mirror, whipped out the razor and bid adieu to their dusters, signifying that — yes indeed — Movember is now over.
To celebrate, the National Hockey League announced that Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was named Player of the Month.
(Appropriate, given the mask Thomas rocked throughout Movember.)
Thomas won all nine of his starts, which included three shutouts — one against Toronto, then two back-to-back against the Isles and Habs. His save percentage for the month was .941, topping his seemingly untoppable .938 from a season ago (an NHL record.) Most impressive, though, was the role he played in Boston’s amazing turnaround. The Bruins started November dead last in the Northeast Division at 4-7-0.
Today, they’re in first place at 15-7-1.
Second star of the month went to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews. Captain Serious pushed the Blackhawks to a first-place tie with Detroit in the Central Division with a huge effort — nine goals and 18 points, including a late-month evisceration of California. He had 2G3A-5PTS in a win over the Ducks on Nov. 25, then followed that up with the game-winning goal 24 hours later against Los Angeles.
Third star went to Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul. He registered at least a point in 12 of the Leafs’ 14 November games and saved his best performance for one of the biggest games — three assists in a 7-1 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. Lupul now has 30 points on the year, second-most in the NHL and just two back of the leader — teammate Phil Kessel.
Of note, Kessel was the NHL’s Player of the Month for October.
There’s not much else we can say about this. Tim Thomas is joining Jonas Hiller in the Movember movement and painting up his goalie mask to get in the spirit of things.
And what a mask it is.
InGoal Mag showed off Thomas’ fantastically painted up dome that features Lord Horatio Kitchener telling you to grow your mustache. Lord Horatio was made famous during World War I on recruiting posters throughout England. For Thomas to break out a guy with a great duster like that helps hammer home the theme.
Making it all the more fun is that Thomas is using his mask to help raise money for men’s health issues for Movember and making it all part of a contest wherein people will get to attend a Bruins game and meet Thomas himself.
Going all out for charity? What a great idea and what a beautiful piece of goalie art this is to make it all possible.
(Photo credit: InGoal Mag)