The Calgary Flames have had their fair share of moustached players over the years, including probably the greatest of all-time in Lanny McDonald.
With Movember just around the corner, now is as good a time as ever to look back on some of the great cookie dusters of both past and present Flames players.
In no particular order:
1. Lance Bouma
Lance Bouma has been a Flame since his draft year in 2008, and we’ve seen a few editions of his bushy lip caterpillar. He seems to keep a little scruff year-round, the kind of guy who could shave right before a game and still finish it with a 5 o’clock shadow.
2. Jamie Macoun
Jamie Macoun spent nine seasons on the Flames’ blueline with this solid ‘stache. At times it was so thick you wondered if he could even breathe out his nose. Looks like he has some competition with the cameraman behind the glass rocking a sweet crumb catcher as well.
Also, it is just me or does this photo of Macoun look a little bit like White Goodman from Dodgeball?
3. TJ Brodie
We often see TJ Brodie with a full beard, but he can break out a clean-looking moustache when the right time comes. Full points for shape and cleanliness, but it does seem like a bit of a safe pick.
Now that he’s a bit older, I’d like to see him grow those handlebars out a little.
4. Kent Nilsson
Kent Nilsson was known much more for his scoring ability than his moustache-growing prowess, but his lady tickler still rivalled some of the best around in the 80’s.
Just look at that thing! It’s like a personal wind-wall, blocking his lips from ever becoming chapped by cold air again.
5. Mikael Backlund
Mikael Backlund’s lip foliage leaves something to be desired in terms of total hair. It’s passed the early creeper stages of moustache development, but you can’t help but feel like there’s more potential here.
Still, there’s something oddly charming and fitting about Backlund’s moustache, and his willingness to point and draw attention to it adds points as well.
6. Lanny McDonald
Who else but old Lanny McDonald could end off this list? No one, that’s who.
McDonald is the epitome of moustaches, as evidenced above. Seriously, how does this man eat? This puts Nilsson to shame, as Lanny’s stache actually somehow extends beyond the bottom lip and into areas normally reversed exclusively for beard hair.
McDonald is the king of moustaches, and his facial fur was with him every step of the way along the Flames’ 1989 Cup run.
This time of year brings out the greatest of moustaches, but sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all of that hair and forget that the purpose of Movember is to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
It is estimated that 21,600 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016, and about 4,000 will die from the disease.
If you would like to support the cause, you can visit the Movember Foundation to get involved or make a donation.