November 19, 2008
The face on the right belongs to Kyle Beach, the first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in this year's NHL Entry Draft and currently a forward with the Everett Silvertips. When Beach was in camp with the Hawks, he forgot his razor and ended up growing a mustache. Upon his return to the Silvertips, a major junior team in the Western Hockey League, some of the veterans decided to grow one, too.
According to Nick Patterson of the Everett (Wash.) Herald, assistant coach Mark LeRose joked that every player should grow one during the team's six-game road trip. Soon that joke turned into a bonding experience, as "the players even broke out the Just For Men coloring dye to make sure the mustaches stood out that much more."
The result? Eight out of a possible 12 points on the six-game swing. As Patterson reports, the Tips believe it was follicle encouragement:
"Absolutely it was the mustache," quipped winger Kyle Beach, who with his mustache looks like he stepped straight off the set of a 1970s television drama. "We couldn't have done it without them. It kept our upper lip warm when we were out there in the cold, so definitely the points came from the mustaches."
Everett's captains made it mandatory for all the players to grow mustaches during the two-week road trip. The experiment went so well that several of the players are still sporting theirs, even though the trip has concluded.
Check out the full gallery of Silvertips facial hair follies. Center Zack Dailey's attempt at a 'stache makes Crosby's playoff beard look like King Leonidas from "300."
Can the power of the hockey mustache ever be denied? From George Parros to Lanny McDonald to Rogie Vachon to the fake mustache worn by Snoop Dogg that Karl Alzner keeps for good luck, it is a facial adornment of mysticism and wonder. Fact is that there are players currently in the NHL who deny themselves this karmic gift, despite being hormonally primed for a mustache of "Magnum P.I." proportions.
With that, we ask: Do you or don't you want to win a scoring title J.P. Dumont?