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Cluttered Thoughts: The Debut

by Cal Clutterbuck / Minnesota Wild

Hello Wild fans,

I am finally writing my first blog entry for Glen Andresen and (something I was supposed to do about a month ago) so I've had lots of time to think about what to put in this entry. Then, I sent this to him last week, but he claims he never got it. I just think he was too lazy to go through his emails.

I had planned a really good, catchy inaugural entry but it's taken me a long time to do it. As you can all imagine there have been a lot of things going on with team (mostly good) so I'm going to try and give you a sneak peek into what I’ve been thinking about lately with this blog.

I think we all know (or should know) that Movember came to an end a couple weeks back. There was even a musical tribute done here on, which I now have to consider myself a part of.

There has been much debate in and out of the locker room over who had the best mustache on the team. Everybody has their own opinions and comments it seems, but let me tell you whose muzzies I liked…or disliked.

Let's start with Kyle Brodziak. I can't say enough about how much this guy’s moustache came along late in the game. Just a great combination of red, blond, ginger and spice really allowed Kyle's duster to evolve into one of my personal favorites. No matter how hard I tried to ignore it, I couldn't help but think that I had one of the Super Troopers as my center man.

Next we have Josh Harding. I think we all got a glimpse of what Josh is going to look like in his mid-40's. His mustache looked way too natural for him to ignore the fact that it is probably something he's going to grow seriously at some point down the road.

On to James Sheppard. I can't say he didn't try. Shep wins the Teen ‘Stache award for the moustache that best exemplifies a young man breaking through puberty and starting his first day of high school.

The Most Improved Award goes to Nick Schultz. The man that brought this idea to the team in the first place had a trick up his sleeve down the stretch. After having a pretty good blondish ‘stache for the majority of the month, Nick darkened his upper lip with some Just for Men over the final days. The move couldn't have worked out better for him. His ‘stache became extremely bold and dark, thus catapulting him into the lead for this award.

On the other hand, our captain Mikko Koivu saw what Schultzy had done and decided to follow suit. The move did not work out so well for Mik. After dying the scarce hairs that were present, Mikko earned the Catfish Award for best whiskers in the locker room.

Antti Miettinen, who also has extremely blond hair, had a little better showing than his fellow Finn, but Mittens still struggled a little bit with visibility. He wins the Far Sighted Award for the mustache best visible from close range.

Owen Nolan's handlebars were enough to intimidate all of us, so I'll just leave it at that.

With the list of guys running out, Honorable Mention goes to the following: John Scott had the best mustache by far early on, but failed to stay the course. Chuck Kobasew, like Brodziak, had an amazing combination of colors in his ‘stache. And Andrew Brunette, who had a great contrast of light and dark in his French-looking muz.

I think that's it. If you're wondering why I didn’t comment on my own, it is because frankly, I'd be biased. So I hope you enjoyed my Movember awards and I will check in again soon.

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