Nov. 1, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team announced an initiative for the month of November called Michigan Moustaches for Men's Health. As part of the program, Michigan players along with head coach Red Berenson and the coaching staff will grow moustaches during the month to raise awareness for men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.
"We felt as a team that Michigan has given us so much, and this was a great opportunity to give back," said junior Mike Chiasson. "We want to leave a legacy here, not just for what we do on the ice. We hope that this is a tradition that continues year after year."
Chiasson and classmate Alex Guptill pitched the idea before the start of the season as an idea to encourage team bonding and give back to the community. With the support of the team and Coach Berenson, Michigan Moustaches for Men's Health came about.
On Thursday, Michigan players shaved off their facial hair in preparation for the month ahead. Members of the team filmed a commercial that will relay important men's health facts to fans at Michigan games during the month of November.
Weekly updates on MGoBlue.com will include stories from Michigan players and staff on what the initiative means to them and photos tracking the progress of player and staff moustaches.
Using the #GROWBlue hashtag, Michigan fans are encouraged to participate in the initiative along with the team, with messages directed to the Michigan ice hockey twitter account (@umichhockey).