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Amerks use 'Movember' as team-building activity

Rich Donnelly
Created: November 21, 2019 06:33 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — During the month of November, you've probably noticed a lot of men who have "let it grow" when it comes to facial hair. This is all to raise awareness and money for men's health and cancer research. There's also a local pro team that's using “Movember” as a team-building activity.

Normally reserved for playoff beards as a run toward the cup, mustaches are making a strong appearance with the Amerks these days.

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"It's probably one of my favorite times of the year because you get to wear some funny looks," Amerks defenseman Brandon Hickey said.

Whether it's a handlebar, a future Tom Selleck or any other version of a flavor savor, these extra facial follicles are all for a good cause.

"It's kind of a fun way to raise awareness,” Amerks captain Kevin Porter said, “we have a lot of guys doing it, which I think is great, a lot of guys around the league are doing it, I think it's a great cause. It's always nice to bring guys together for a cause like this."

Porter says that he's been growing a mustache during November every year as a pro. Hickey is also donning a mustache and says his family has been directly affected by cancer.

"My parents had a child before me, he passed away from leukemia at two,” Hickey said, “it's a pretty big part of my family, my grandma had it as well.  It's important to raise money for research and treatment as well, it's near and dear to my heart and my family as well so I'm going to continue doing it."

Andrew Oglevie is in his second year with the Amerks but is a Movember veteran.

"It's really important, when I was back at school we always started a foundation to donate money and I'm going to donate to the Notre Dame foundation again this year and obviously raising awareness for men's health is super important,” Oglevie said, “anything to help the cause."

Advancing the message of men's health, one fuzzy upper lip at a time.


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