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Movember a Rousing Success for Stars

Thursday, 12.1.2011 / 1:54 PM CT / News
By Steve Hunt
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Movember a Rousing Success for Stars

As November came to a close, the donations for Movember, the month long drive to spur prostate cancer awareness, were tallied up and the Dallas Stars finished with the second-most donations among NHL clubs, second only to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

photo courtesy of @enystrom23
The entire league raised a total of $220,000 but the Stars did have the top individual player when it came to donations in forward Eric Nystrom, who brought in $5,636. Nystrom sported a righteous handlebar moustache for much of the month, a look he continues to sport today, and wanted to thank all who donated to Movember for their support.

“My family and friends were willing to kick out the dough. I just put the word out and my family and friends stepped up to the plate, donated money,” Nystrom said. “It’s for a great cause, so why wouldn’t you? I had a couple of people on Twitter contributing five bucks per goal or point, so that’s a pretty unique motivator and earned a few dollars. I’ve got a lot of people to thank for that.”

Defenseman Mark Fistric spearheaded the Stars’ efforts for Movember and was pleased with seeing his club finish second in the league among donations.

“Yeah, it was great. We raised right around $13,000 dollars in around a month for something as simple as growing a moustache,” Fistric said. “Guys on the team were great who grew it. Eric [Nystrom] was a big part of it and he raised a lot of money for the cause. I think in all, it was a great success and hopefully it becomes a tradition for the Dallas Stars.”

He even weighed on who he thought sported the best moustache during Movember among his teammates.

“I think Jake Dowell had a really good ‘stache. He had the handlebars going and he looked mean,” Fistric said. “I think Eric [Nystrom] would have been a little better if he had kept the beard shaved a little better throughout the month. I think the guys did a great job. It was for a great cause and we raised a lot of money for men’s prostate cancer.”

Center Steve Ott was one of several Stars who also grew a ‘stache for the cause. He too is impressed with how much money the group was able to raise last month.

“Absolutely, it’s pretty cool that our fans and other people in the community and friends and family donated the amount that they did,” Ott said. “To see how everybody was on board with us and to make it second behind the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have a tremendous following, says a lot.”

Not only were the Stars players taking part in Movember but several staff members also grew their facial hair for the cause. However, most who participated in the month had shaved their facial hair by the end of the day on Wednesday, the final day of November.

Current starting goaltender Andrew Raycroft was sporting his ‘stache after practice on Wednesday but admitted it would be gone right after he got home. Raycroft was true to his word as his facial hair was gone for Thursday’s morning skate.

Still, there was one holdout as of Thursday and he even admitted his handlebar look will likely go away after tonight’s game against Ottawa at American Airlines Center.

“No, this is it tonight. Barring a win and a hat trick, then it might stay,” Nystrom said.




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