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'Stache Men

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Ian White has shown the ability to grow a pretty fine moustache, as he did in his Toronto days. (Getty Images)
When Ian White first attempted to grow a moustache it was out of protest. Now, the Red Wings’ defenseman will sport facial hair above his upper lip for a much better cause.

White is among five Wings’ players participating in Movember, a month-long global initiative started by the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG – the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which helps raise funds to continue the fight against cancers that affect men.

“Anytime that you can bring attention to cancer research it’s a huge thing, obviously,” White said. “It’s a terrible disease that pretty much affects everyone, so the more attention or awareness you can bring to it, it’s important.”

White is joined by goalie Ty Conklin, and forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader and Patrick Eaves, who have agreed to put the razor down this month.

This is the first year that the Wings have participated in Movember, but the second year for White, who was among four Carolina Hurricanes last November to grow for the cause.

But it was a few years earlier when White – then a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs – first sported a ’stache.

“It worked good at that time,” he said. “I started growing it out of a silent protest for being sat-out, being scratched for the first 11 games. I thought maybe they forgot about me, so I figured I’d grow a moustache and maybe they would see me.”

The ploy must have worked, though. When the Leafs finally inserted White into the lineup, the defenseman played up on a forward line where he responded with a six-game point streak, which is still his career best.

“I scored a goal in the first shift, and it seemed to work and I couldn’t get rid of it then,” White said. “I thought it was funny and we got a good rise out of the hockey community. People seemed to enjoy it, so I ended up keeping it for a year.”

If you would like to contribute to the Movember cause, click on the player’s photo to make a donation.


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