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Wings join in on Movember fun

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 3:08 PM ET
By Andrea Nelson - Editorial Assistant | DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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Like most players, Darren Helm has sported a playoff beard, like this one from the 2012 playoffs. But rarely does he grow just a moustache like he is this month. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – Watch out, Henrik Zetterberg, your mustache has a little competition this month.

Mustaches are sprouting throughout the Red Wings’ locker room in honor of Movember, an effort to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

“I think it’s always important to bring awareness to anything of this magnitude,” forward Darren Helm said. “I mean we do the breast cancer thing, the cancer thing and it’s all very important for people to remember. It’s just a small thing we do to help and it’s just a fun thing to do.”

The players are having plenty of fun with the effort. The mustaches are growing at different speeds and angles, but two weeks into Movember there is already a clear frontrunner.

“This guy’s winning,” Jimmy Howard laughed, pointing to Jonas Gustavsson on the stool next to him.

“Just kind of the biggest one is looking at Gustavsson, he looks I’m not sure how to say it, but not like himself,” defenseman Brendan Smith said. “Normally he looks like he could be in Persia with that mustache.”

“In this room? Gustav’s a pretty nice one,” Helm said “A lot of guys that are younger this year, the younger guys, don’t really grow as much, it’s the amateur mustache race this year.”

Amateur or veteran aside, Gustavsson is clearly winning the ‘stache race.

“Well I don’t know if I’m winning, I kind of cheated,” Gustavsson said. “I didn’t shave it all off and went from zero to this so I kind of had a couple weeks advantage, at least.

“It’s obviously for a good cause. Normally I don’t look like this so it’s fun for a few weeks, to do something different.”

The Red Wings are taking part in the month-long effort to raise awareness for men’s health, a worldwide issue that hits close to home for everyone in the team’s dressing room.

“Everyone in here knows somebody who has been affected one way or another so it’s just a little thing that goes a long way and plus it’s fun to grow a mustache,” Howard said.

It’s a fun effort, but the players know it’s for a serious cause. Howard, Smith and Helm officially teamed up to take their Movember effort one step further, allowing fans to donate money and support men’s health, and their mustaches, online at DetroitRedWings.com/Movember.

“We want to draw a little attention to it,” Smith said. “It’s funny when you see people in the stands wearing fake mustaches and stuff so it’s obviously bringing the fans into it so it’s a good idea.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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