Press Box

Junior forward Brian Nugent.
Junior forward Brian Nugent.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – If you have seen a member of the Northern Michigan University hockey team in the last couple weeks, you may have witnessed a lot of facial hair, or, more noticeably, a thick mustache. The Wildcats plan to keep the facial hair trend going until the end of the month.

“It’s called Movember and throughout the month a lot of people in the hockey world grow out their facial hair  but mostly their mustaches to support awareness for prostate cancer,” said sophomore defenseman Wade Epp.

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and the hockey community has bonded together to make awareness of the disease.

“Austin Handley set our team up on the Movember website where all the guys have pictures of their mustaches and people can donate money,” Epp said.

As of Thursday, Nov. 12, the ‘Cats have raised $185 dollars.

“Brian Nugent has the best mustache on the team,” said Epp. “It looks like he has a couple caterpillars on his upper lip.” Not everyone can grow their facial hair as well as Nugent so they must improvise. “Handley put some his girlfriend’s mascara on his upper lip before he took his picture,” Epp added. “Everybody has their little tricks to make it look like they can actually grow some.”

If you would like to see the NMU players and their mustaches, please visit:

The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs ran directly by Movember and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Wildcats host Michigan State from the Berry Events Center at 7:35 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 18) and Saturday (Nov. 19).

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Calvin Larson
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