Let's hair it for charity

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

If the last month was any indication, the Calgary Hitmen will need an extended post-season run if they plan on sporting playoff beards this spring.

The WHL club's Movember campaign, during which the players grew moustaches -- or tried, at least -- to raise pledges and awareness for prostate cancer, came to an end yesterday.

Some of the results were a little sketchy.

Hitmen overager Joel Broda was able to grow a full beard to accompany his 'stache.

"We're gonna have to go pretty deep (in the playoffs) for some of these guys to show their beards, so hopefully we'll do that," Broda said as he watched his teammates shave off a month's worth of work.

The club raised nearly $6,000 to fight prostate cancer -- $4,380 through the Hitmen website, with Safeway Canada kicking in an additional $1,500.

Hitmen co-captain Ian Schultz said the team was happy to help out.

"It's a great cause," Schultz said. "Prostate cancer touches a lot of people out there. Any way you can get awareness, why wouldn't you do it?

"Hopefully, by growing moustaches, we helped people realize how many men are affected by this disease.

"The amount of money raised by our fans and the donation from Canada Safeway is spectacular."

While raising funds was the ultimate goal, the team certainly had fun with the charity event.

Schultz's full-grown '70s porn 'stache was the unanimous choice as the squad's best duster.

"That's what they tell me," Schultz shrugged but quickly added he wouldn't be keeping it any longer.

"No, it's coming off pretty soon here," he said prior to yesterday's news conference where the team took out the razors.

"I get too many awkward looks when I'm walking around in public places."

Looking around at his teammates, Schultz had a hard time deciding who had the worst moustache.

"It's a pretty good toss-up," he said. "There's a few guys with some bad ones, but I'd say (freshman forward Justin) Kirsch is probably the worst one so far."

Minnesota Wild draft pick Kris Foucault pinned it on another rookie.

"John Lawrence," Foucault said. "He's a young guy still, but it's definitely the worst."

Foucault admitted he wasn't going to be mistaken for Lanny McDonald.

"I'm still working on it," he said.

"I started growing it a little before the month started, and this is all I got."

That didn't stop him from making fun of others, which came back to haunt him.

"Kris Foucault, for sure," Broda said when asked whose facial fuzz was the worst. "It's a shadow.

"It's all he's got, so he has to be happy with it, but I wouldn't be happy with it if I was him."

Teammate Chase Schaber agreed.

"Foucault," he said. "It's pretty brutal. He should have taken some black shoe polish and helped it out."

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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