BROSSARD - Although most people can claim a direct connection to at least some of the causes supported by the Movember campaign, for some, that connection is a little more personal.
That's certainly the case for at least two Canadiens who have been growing out their moustaches in support of men's health this November.
"I'm growing it because my grandpa had prostate cancer and passed away four years ago," explained defenseman Jeff Petry. "I've done it for a few years now, and it's just a way to show my support to the cause."
Teammate Charles Hudon added that the connection was personal, but that he appreciates the collective effort he sees when he looks around the room and sees others joining in to support the cause.
"It's been a year since my grandparents had cancer, so pretty much whenever we talk about it, whichever cancer it is, I'm getting involved in it. Movember is a good thing, it's a pretty weird month to get a moustache like that, but for all of the players who are doing it, we're a group together, we stick together and we're fighting against cancer together. It's a good move like that."
Even if the moustache-growing project has yielded different results in terms of shape and size for Petry and Hudon, they both declared that sprouting the 'stache comes easy - no special tricks required.
"I just leave it like that, that's all I've got. I don't need to dye it," outlined Hudon. "My hair is all black, so I don't need to [dye it]. It's easy like that."
"I'm not changing the diet or dying it or anything, I'm just keeping it as-is," added Petry. "The same way as when I grow out my beard."
When asked whose upper lip would stand out the most by the end of the month-long campaign, the pair gave wildly different answers.
"Shawsy [Andrew Shaw]. But Joe Morrow's is nice," pronounced Hudon. "With his blond hair and a blond 'stache like that, it's pretty nice. It's pretty funny."
For his part, Petry went with a write-in candidate for his pick:
"I want to see Pauly [Byron] shave his beard into a moustache," he concluded. "I think that'll be a good one to see."
For more information or to make a donation, head to the Canadiens' Movember campaign page here.