BROSSARD - If it wasn't so obvious earlier in the week, by now you have probably picked up on the fact that several Canadiens players have lent the space above their upper lips to a good cause.
The month of November is Hockey Fights Cancer month and it's also Movember, where moustaches are grown to raise money and awareness for men's health, both cancer-related and otherwise.
The players who decided to grow some decoration below the nose believe it's a worthwhile endeavour. For some, the causes being supported by the initiative hit very close to home.
Defenseman Joe Morrow carved out a Hulk Hogan-esque moustache on his face in support of fellow blue-liner Brandon Davidson, who battled testicular cancer five years ago when he was just 21 years old.
"I know Brandon has gone through a lot and this month means a lot to him," outlined Morrow. "I might try and join up with him and piggyback off the campaign he's doing."
It's fair to say the 24-year-old Edmonton native made some sacrifices in support of his fellow Albertan, as Morrow's teammates gave him a good ribbing when he showed up for work with his new facial 'do. That didn't stop Morrow from returning the favor, however.
"Petey [Jeff Petry] has a good moustache going, he looks like that old-school police officer," he cracked. "He has a good one. I'm pretty interested to see Davy's. We might have to dye it or something, he looks pretty funny right now."
All joking aside, Morrow is conscious of the fact that a little gesture like growing a prickly design on one's face can have a huge impact on many lives, and he's proud to be doing so - regardless of how much grief he gets from his teammates in the process.
"I've had my fair share of run-ins with cancer, people I know and that are very, very close to me have had to deal with things like that. It's the worst thing you could ever wish upon anybody or have anything like that happen to someone in your family or to someone close to you," he concluded. "Any chance I get to support something like this, I'll definitely jump on it."
For more information or to make a donation, head to the Canadiens' Movember campaign page here.