It’s November – almost a full month into the season – which means a couple of things: re-evaluation of where you are as a team, and, more importantly, Movember. Every year, men are asked to register online and grow mustaches to raise money for prostate cancer awareness, as well as other cancers specific to men. The funds that are raised are used to go to men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer foundation and LIVESTRONG, Lance Armstrong’s foundation. Since it’s inception in 1999 in Australia, Movember has spread worldwide and has raised over $174 million with over 1.1 million registrants. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, and the United States (Courtesy: Wikipedia.org). To find out more information about Movember, register, or donate, go to the official US site here.
As you partake in your hockey games this month, you’ll notice several guys on the ice sporting some sweet mustaches. There are at least three players from the Hurricanes who will be participating in growing out their staches for the month, including Jamie McBain, Derek Joslin and Brandon Sutter, who has participated in years’ past. Other Canes who have participated in Movember included Patrick Dwyer, Justin Peters and current Detroit Red Wing Ian White. Former Hurricane Troy Bodie, who currently plays for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, has expressed his excitement for Movember saying on his Twitter account (@TroyBodie), “Movember is like my Christmas. So excited to get growing!!!!” The Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender Jonas Hiller had a Movember mask made, which, dare I say, is ‘stache-tastic. There have also been several members of the Charlotte Checkers who will be participating, namely Matt Pistilli (Twitter: @matt_pistilli).
I highly encourage any male Cardiac Cane reader to register and participate in this extremely worthy cause. For the ladies who wish to participate, feel free to donate at the website above or, as much as it might pain you to purchase it, take a look at this pretty sweet shirt.
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