Washington Capitals players growing facial hair for a cause

Washington Capitals players are growing facial hair for a cause during Movember. In the first week of their campaign, the team has raised $2,015. Photo: Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2013 — November means a lot of things. It means Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie, college football and the start of college basketball. It means raking leaves and watching hockey. It also means moustaches.

As part of “Movember,” an international month-long men’s health campaign, Washington Capitals players are growing their ‘staches to raise money for men’s health issues.  In one week, the team has raised $2,015.

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Goalie Michael Neuvirth leads his current teammates with $142.24 donated to his “Mo.” Other Capitals players participating include Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, Martin Erat, John Erskine, Mike Green, Braden Holtby, Michael Latta, Michal Neuvirth, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin, Nate Schmidt, Alexander Urbom, Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson.

The Caps aren’t the only NHL team growing out their facial hair for a cause. The Minnesota Wild, who take on the Caps at Verizon Center tonight, have raised $2,173 for team Wild Mo Bros. They are nowhere near the Montreal Canadiens though, who have raised $17,118 since the start of the month.

Other NHL teams participating, and the amounts they have raised are: 

Columbus Blue Jackets $220

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Team Nate Thompson (Tampa Bay Lightning) $260

Ottawa Senators $281

Calgary Flames $281

Team Thunderbug (Tampa Bay Lightning) $385

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Dallas Stars $583

New York Islanders $710

Team Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lightning) $975

Anaheim Angels $1399

Minnesota Wild (Wild Mo Bros) $2,173

Nashville Predators $2,352

Carolina Hurricanes $3,710

Toronto Maple Leafs $5,873

Boston Bruins $14,683

Montreal Candiens $17,118

Since 2003, Movember has raised $446 million worldwide to raise awareness for health issues including prostate and testicular cancer.


To support Movember, or your favorite Capitals athlete or moustache, visit: http://us.movember.com/team/1308021


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