Many Oilers are rocking their best moustaches in support of Movember
WASHINGTON, DC - Caterpillars, lip warmers, dusters, toothbrushes, soup-strainers, whiskers.
Sorry significant others, but get used to the 'stache.
For the next few weeks, at least.
The annual month of November has become dedicated to the Movember movement when individuals grow out their best moustaches to raise awareness for men's health issues.
Comb through the Oilers locker room and one will find a few skaters partaking in the perennial event, with unique configurations decorating their faces. Those who are participating include Zack Kassian, Tobias Rieder, Ty Rattie, Cam Talbot, Kyle Brodziak, Ryan Strome and Darnell Nurse.
The reasons to participate are pretty straightforward but the designs some of the players have created makes for great bonding banter.
Like the old saying: the more, the hairier.
"A lot of guys are doing it together," said Brodziak with his traditional Painter's Brush. "We're definitely happy to be able to contribute for a good cause."
Kassian is no stranger to facial hair. He'll typically keep some stubble on his face during the year but in the 2016-17 postseason, the Oilers energizer donned mutton chops like a champ. For Movember 2018, Kassian decided to go with a dyed Chevron.
"Whenever you can do something to help a charity or help raise awareness, it's a no-brainer," he said. "But for me, it's always fun to show a little character. I used a little Just For Men on there - jet black - to make it stand out a little better but there are some good ones on the team."
Talbot didn't colour his hair blonde but is doing his best homage to Hulk Hogan with his handlebars - a strain not one player from the team is spontaneous enough to sport.