Maybe it’s because there were five Sundays in October (NFL’s breast cancer awareness month), but it’s hard to remember a time when professional football players weren’t wearing pink.

It’s an important cause. Women should get yearly mammograms. Men should help them do so. We’re totally on board.

It’s just… well, after five weeks of our supposedly fearsome football stars looking (and in some cases playing) like Barbie dolls, we’re thrilled that Movemeber – a month in which mustaches are grown to raise awareness for men’s health issues – is upon us.

That said, our first nominee for Movember Athlete of the Month is not in the NFL…

Jonas Hiller, goaltender for The Anaheim Ducks (who mercifully changed their name from “The Mighty Ducks” in 2005) has decided to toss aside his patented-slash-absolutely-badass stealth black mask in favor of a white one adorned with images of his teammates rocking ridiculous fake mustaches.

“I just wanted to do something different,” says Hiller, who refers to the guy who designs his goaltending mask as his ‘painter.’ “I talked to my painter said, ‘Yeah, what do you think?’ And he said, ‘Oh yeah, let’s do something like that.’ And that’s what he came up with.”

He’s not going to win any storytelling awards, but he is our first nominee for Movember Athlete of the Month.

And he’s not wearing a stitch of pink.

—C.B.S.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • C. Brian Smith