DETROIT — The season of Movember is upon us and several Red Wings are gearing up for the month long event to raise awareness for men’s health.
“I think my whole line’s doing it,” forward Drew Miller said.
Miller’s linemates Luke Glendening and Joakim Andersson as well as five other Wings players will be participating in the Movember movement by sporting their best attempt at a mustache for the duration of the month.
“It’s good fun but also for a great cause and good awareness,” Miller said. “I know a lot of guys around the league and in different sports. I’ve had my fair share of no shave times but Movember is something to do to create awareness but also have some fun with it too.”
The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow mustaches during the month of November to spark conversation and raise funds for men’s health programs involving such causes as testicular cancer and prostate cancer. The movement has raised more than $559 million and funded more than 800 programs in 21 countries.
The campaign raised $22.9 million last year in the U.S. alone. Contributing to that was the efforts of center Riley Sheahan who should have plenty of mustache maintenance experience as he participates for a second straight year.
“I’ve just got to stay on top of it and maybe for a minute, once or twice, make it really noticeable but yea I’m looking forward to it,” Sheahan said.
Those partaking in the event are Miller, Glendening, Andersson, Sheahan, Gustav Nyquist, Jonas Gustavsson, Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser. Fans can donate to each player’s cause at DetroitRedWings.com/Movember. Like anything else among athletes, it somehow always turns into a competition. The month of the mustache will be no exception.
“Who’s going to have the best?” Sheahan said. “That’s going to be tough, nobody on (the list) really grows a great beard so there’s going to be a lot of little peach fuzz above the upper lip. I live with Glenny so I get to see his little attempt at facial hair so his might be pretty bad. DK’s probably will be bad. Gustavsson, Nyquist, they all don’t grow facial hair so it’s going to be pretty bad.”
Nyquist added, “I haven’t seen Glendening be able to grow a beard, actually. Millsy I can see but Glenny, I don’t know.”
A team-favorite last year and Nyquist’s pick to sprout the best mustache in the weeks that follow, Gustavsson isn’t so sure it’s a good look for him despite being covered up by a goalie mask.
“I don’t think I fit in with a mustache but I don’t mind having it for a month or so,” he said.