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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Capitals top NHL in Movember

By Nicole Weissman

Movember is over, and I think the Caps may have found their calling as far as philanthropy is concerned. For some of the guys who tend to stay out of the public eye, it seems that a mustache was the perfect way to say “I care about changing the face of men’s health.”

The Caps Movember team consisted of 13 members who collectively raised $22,433. The biggest breadwinner? John Erskine, whose mustache became famous for enhancing his on-ice performance. Haven’t I been telling you that giving back to the community is important? Erskine raised an astonishing $5,239, putting him well ahead of the next-highest fundraiser, John Carlson, who raised $2,954.

On Erskine’s “Mo Space,” comments include “With you sporting that ‘stache, no other team stands a chance this season.” Donations on Erskine’s page spiked after his outstanding performance on November 14, which included a game-winning goal. Comments accompanying those donations included “For your goal tonight,” “Thanks for scoring the GWG… You’re my wife’s new favorite player,” and “Congrats on the GWG and fight of the year!”

The Caps’ participation in Movember touched a lot of people, whose comments were moving and supportive. A donor to Movember team captain Jason Chimera wrote “For my Dad: Doing well after his prostate cancer surgery, and watching Caps games while he recovers!”

Donations ranged from the thousands down to fewer than $5.00, with small donations making up a substantial portion of overall fundraising. Donors to Carlson (who, by the way, raised a lot of money for a guy who can’t really grow a mustache) commented “It’s not a lot but want to help fight men’s cancers in honor of the great men in my family and our friends,” and “I know it’s not much, but I’m on a college budget!”

The Caps led the NHL in Movember donations this year, with the league raising a total of $106,512. Among the NHL’s 427 participants, Erskine and Carlson ranked fourth and fifth overall, respectively. The second-highest fundraising team in the NHL was the Calgary Flames, led by highest overall fundraiser Cory Sarich, who single-handedly raised $13,097 of his team’s $20,649.

Jeff Schultz and Matt Hendricks closed out Movember in style, representing the Caps at the British Embassy’s “Stache Bash,” which took place last Friday. The event included a series of prizes awarded to the most noteworthy mustaches of the year. Schultz and Hendricks were judges for the Ultimate Mo and Lamest Mo contests, and given the number and variety of mustaches they were surrounded by throughout the month, I think they were extremely qualified.

Community Relations Notes: Tickets are still available for Mike Green’s charity concert at the 9:30 Club, taking place next Monday, December 13th, and can be purchased online at www.930.com … This afternoon from 2-3 p.m., Brooks Laich will shop at the Bailey’s Crossroads Toys ‘R’ Us to support Toys for Tots, spending $10,000 donated by Washington Capitals Charities… Saturday, December 11, the Caps will kick off their Toy Drive at Verizon Center. The first 2,000 fans to bring a new, unwrapped toy or make a donation will receive a Brooks Laich poster.

By Nicole Weissman  | December 7, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
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Comments

Way to go Caps! Movmeber was huge worldwide. I made this quick youtube rock music video called "Grow a Muzzy- Photo vesion" for Movember (Canada)

http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=YmEo6xmaWDo

Lanny AMcdonald is in it with Rollie Fingers ! Hope you like it. Marsh

Posted by: marsht9 | December 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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