September 19, 2014

CAPS: Mustached Players Raising Money for Men’s Health in Movember

Several members of the Washington Capitals gave up their first night off in about two weeks for “Movember.” This important cause raises awareness for men’s health and is partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and and Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG.

John Carlson, Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer and Karl Alzner (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Jeff Schultz, John Carlson and Karl Alzner were guest bartenders at Liberty Tavern in Arlington on Sunday night, Nov. 27. Caps Senior Writer, Mike Vogel, and Caps Manager of Media Relations, Ben Guerrero, were also at Liberty Tavern sporting their staches.

Mike Vogel with girlfriend Anne (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Caps fans donated $25 to be part of the world’s largest movement for men’s health and as a bonus, had their drinks poured by mustache-wearing Caps. Players had a great time.

Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer chatting with fans (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

“We’re just out in our community supporting Movember for everyone,” said Troy Brouwer. “It’s a day off, but a lot of people are having a tough time. For us, we’re in a good position to help the community and we try to as much as we can.”

Jeff Schultz mixing a drink (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Brian Normile, owner of the Liberty Tavern, hosted their second annual Movember guest bar tending night with the Caps. Normile became involved with the Movember campaign to support his father that was diagnosed with prostate cancer seventeen years ago. Thankfully Normile’s father is doing well. All proceeds from event go to support The Lance Armstrong Foundation and The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Ward, Schultz, Liberty Tavern Owner Brian Normile and Brouwer (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

No bar tending experience necessary. Brouwer explained that he had not mixed drinks, “Without being in the comfort of my own home.  I’ve been told I’m not very quick, I needed help just finding where the booze was.  No, it’s a lot of fun and people are having fun with us as well.  They know we’re not bartenders so they’re patient.”

Troy Brouwer and Karl Alzner (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Movember is the annual charity event that engages men to grow, and women to support, a Mo (slang for moustache) for the 30 days of November. The rules are simple: register at Movember.com and start Movember 1 clean-shaven. Men grow their Mos for 30 days, becoming walking, talking billboards for men’s health and cancer affecting men. Supporters, called Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, get friends, family and colleagues to donate to their efforts along the way.

Fans with Karl Alzner (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Some of the Caps have a personal connection. Troy Brouwer’s grandfather died three years ago from prostate cancer.  “It was very tough… it really wore him down.  It was tough to see him the way he was before he passed away.  For me it means a lot and I know it’s not a lot, but I’ve had my Livestrong bracelet on ever since he got diagnosed with cancer.  Anything I can do to help promote awareness I’m more than willing to do it.  Same with my mustache as well.  Hopefully I can do what I can to raise money for prostate cancer and men’s health awareness.  It’s a personal issue and I try to support it as much as I can.”

John Carlson rocking a Nats Curly W hat! (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Two fans, Morgan and Colin, are big Caps fans and grew mustaches to support the event. Unfortunately, Morgan was going to have to shave his mustache Sunday night before heading back to work.

Fans grew mustaches too (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

When asked if Brouwer was looking forward to shaving his mustache later this week, he said, “I have a buddy that taunted me to keep it for Mocember and Manuary as well. So we’ll see how everything goes. I don’t know if my wife too excited about it. You gotta keep it nice and trim.”

Troy Brouwer posing for photo with a fan (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

It’s not too late to donate! Donations can be made to the team or to individual Caps players and staff (click on their name below). Jason Chimera is the team captain and they have raised $7,426 so far. Several of the players are also on Twitter.  Follow them to read tweet about their progress, share photos, etc.

Washington Capitals Team
Mike Green – @greenlife52
John Carlson - @johncarlson74
Jason Chimera
John Erskine - @johnerskine04
Matt Hendricks
Troy Brouwer
Mathieu Perreault
Jeff Schultz
D.J. King - @DJKING_17

Joel Ward - @JRandalWard42
Mike Vogel - @VogsCaps
John Walton – @WaltonCaps
Ben Guerrero - @brguerrero

Liberty Tavern (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Movember Liberty Tavern Sign (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Movember with the Caps (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

“The month formerly known as November is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.” – http://us.movemberfoundation.com/

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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