Movember is starting up again, which means things are about to get a lot hairier around the NHL. Over the years the Montreal Canadiens have had some pretty incredible moustached players, and many of them didn’t limit their facial fur to just one month.
With Movember now underway, it seems like a perfect time to look at some of the great moustaches from both past and present Habs members.
In non particular order:
1. Larry Robinson
Best career +/- during regular season: Larry Robinson
**Bonus points not included for that beautiful mustache pic.twitter.com/6m5MFKtLTm
— #HockeyFightsCancer (@NHL) October 7, 2016
Larry Robinson was a hall of fame defenceman on the ice, but it was his facial hair that was truly legendary. He displayed a variety of moustaches with the Habs, including going full handlebar at one point.
2. Mike Brown
Mike Brown played just 14 games in a Canadiens uniform last season, but that was enough time to get to see and appreciate his sweet cookie duster ‘stache. The handlebars are solid here, but I personally like the moustache in his old Sharks photo even better.
3. Carey Price
— theScore (@theScore) November 20, 2015
Carey Price doesn’t grow out his ‘stache too often, but when he does it’s a nice reminder that he is indeed human. His lip caterpillar is pretty average in terms of shape and thickness, the kind of moustache that says “I may be the best goalie on the planet, but deep down I’m just an ordinary guy like you.”
4. Pat Burns
Pat Burns began his NHL coaching career in Montreal, but his moustache was around long before that, and remained long after. A well-maintained ‘stache like this one deserves respect, and it probably stopped people from questioning Burns too much in his first NHL coaching gig. It’s the kind of moustache that brings a calming presence, saying “this guy knows what he’s talking about.”
5. Mike McPhee
— All About the Habs (@AATHabs) September 2, 2015
Mike McPhee played his first nine NHL seasons with the Habs, and is probably best remembered for consistently rocking this cookie duster. This ‘stache is nice all-around, with a solid shape and thickness. Much like McPhee as a player, this moustache isn’t super flashy, but it gets the job done.
6. George Parros
George Parros hasn’t played in the NHL since his 22-game stint with the Habs in 2013-14. With a grand total of 36 career points in almost 500 games, his absence would have probably gone unnoticed around in the league if not for his consistently fearsome cookie duster. Another great moustache out of the league.
7. Marc Bergevin
With his mustache Marc Bergevin kinda looks like a bad guy from an 80's heist movie. pic.twitter.com/2JuHL0JCv9
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) November 13, 2013
GM of the Canadiens, Marc Bergevin is never one to back down from the Movember spirit, even if his mustache has more grey hairs than black. The photo above was less than halfway through one Movember, but his lip foliage had still grown through enough for a respectable ‘stache.
He certainly has the potential to grow a mean moustache, as we’ve seen the full salt-n-pepper beard out on display in the past.
The possibilities are endless for Bergevin, so it’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with this Movember.
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This time of year brings out the greatest of moustaches, but sometimes it’s easy to get lot 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, visit the Movember Foundation to get involved or make a donation.