November 30, 2011
Earlier this month, he led our 10 Greatest NHL Mustaches for Movember 2011 (So Far), daring to go with a Fu Manchu.
But as you can see, the Fu Manchu made a friend. It's no longer a mustache. It's a beard.
We polled our readership. We looked in the rules for Movember and men's facial hair in general. As much as we're fans of Jagr and his impressive 'stache … he's disqualified for bearding.
BEARDS ARE FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
But that doesn't mean the end-of-month Top 10 NHL mustaches is sans Flyers, mind you...
Here are the most impressive specimens among players who grew it out for Movember, the month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues by growing fabulous facial hair throughout November.
Keep in mind that we limited this to players and coaches that began their mustaches during the month of November, and not before.
10. Ron Wilson, Toronto Maple Leafs
"Grandpa, tell us what it was like to have the Leafs in a playoff seed …"
"WE HAD TO WALK TO THE ARENA IN 10 FEET OF SNOW BOTH WAYS WITHOUT SHOOOOOES!"
A new addition to the top 10, MacKenzie's transformation from Scott Gomez(notes)-esque charmer to soap opera villain was undeniably impressive. And also, giving the Blue Jackets something to be proud about seems like it's within the holiday spirit of charity.
The Ducks held a contest for Movemeber and Selanne was the victor, so who are we to deny his greatness? Along with a spot on this list, he won that brown jacket you see on the right, and looks like every cop from a 1970s detective show in the ensemble.
Price's mustache added just that extra bit of indignity when the refs jobbed him in that Penguins game.
As we said previously, his mustache was so [expletive] nutty last year, it's impossible not to feel like the 2011 version didn't live up to standards. But it turned out to be one of the better crumb-catchers in the League.
His Robin Williams from "The Birdcage" 'stache filled out quite nicely. We'd wager he's one dude who might be better off keeping it on.
New to the list and really one of our favorites this season. With one duster, he goes from looking like an NHL enforcer to an offensive lineman for the Bears in the mid-1980s.
3. Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins
What else can be said about this classic? It's a mustache that went from making him professorial to one that made him look like your cool uncle with the refurbished sports car.
Handlebars like a Harley Davidson. Seriously, if there was ever a fire in a highrise, people could probably escape harm by sliding down this man's 'stache.
But he's not the winner of Movember 2011. The winner is …
Some believe Giroux is the early season leader for the Hart Trophy. Maybe he is. Maybe he isn't. But he's our follicle MVP for Movember. Seriously, that's not a fake from the party store gag bin?