BROSSARD - Despite racking up 110 penalty minutes in just 68 games last season, Andrew Shaw generally likes to play by the rules.
There are certain exceptions, however, including cases of intra-squad competition such as the informal moustache-growing contest that's taking place in the room for Movember.
"I might've given it a few extra days, a little cheat there," he admitted coyly. "It's nice to start the month off with a nice moustache.
"I usually 'Just For Men' it and throw a little dark, jet black in there. I didn't this year, I'm just letting the old ginger moustache come in. I've always been able to grow a pretty decent moustache. I get that from my old man."
Shaw is joining a handful of teammates in lending his upper lip for a good cause by growing a moustache to help raise awareness for men's health as part of the Movember campaign.
"Men's health… a lot of stuff can sneak up on you. When family members, friends or people you know get sick, it's tough," explained Shaw, who has nine points (4G, 5A) in 20 games this season. "If growing a moustache can help raise awareness, then why not do it? Cancer is brutal whatever form it comes in. If you can help fight the cause, every penny helps."
Shaw's moustachioed efforts got him recognized in the gaming world, as a limited time Movember item of his is featured in EA Sports' NHL® 18 Hockey Ultimate Team.
The fact that one of his teammates - defenseman Brandon Davidson - went through a cancer battle of his own makes Shaw's involvement in the initiative that much more meaningful.
"We have a guy in the room who has gone through some stuff, and I'm doing it for him," he explained. "He's a great teammate and a great human being. He's one of the happiest guys I know. Fighting the cause for a guy like that feels good."
As the month goes on and the facial hair becomes a little more, shall we say, noticeable, Shaw offered up a quick assessment as to which teammate's 'stache would take the cake by the end of November.
"Petey [Jeff Petry] has a good one, Karl [Alzner] has a good one. Gally's [Brendan Gallagher] is pretty gross. [Charles] Hudon's looks like a muskrat. Rosie's [Jacob de la Rose] is very thin and blonde," he concluded. "He has some work to do."
For more information or to make a donation, head to the Canadiens' Movember campaign page here.