The 20 Greatest Mustaches in Hockey History

Rob KirkCorrespondent IINovember 5, 2012

The 20 Greatest Mustaches in Hockey History

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    Welcome to Movember!

    In case you didn't know, there has been a movement during the month of November as awareness for prostate cancer follows October's breast cancer awareness.

    Bearing the slogan "Changing the Face of Men's Health," the organization was founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. In what has become a truly global movement since then, "Movember" has inspired over 1.9 million participants (Mo Bros and Mo Sistas) and raised $299 million USD since its inception.

    What was once an excuse not to shave at work or for your domestic partner now has a valid platform. The fight against prostate and testicular cancer is now the focus. While there may be new mustaches sprouting up across the land, some are year-round follicular endeavors.

    Hockey in particular has joined the crusade. Noted for the playoff beards that adorn the faces of the postseason warriors, Movember brings out an early sampling of testosterone for our hockey favorites. The mustache that was so common from the 1970s into the early 1980s gets a rebirth for November as the league gets a retro-look. Oh wait, there isn't hockey this year. Buzzkill.

    Regardless of whether or not there is an NHL season, put down your razor and join the cause. You quite literally have to do nothing to show your support. Don't shave your upper lip. Got it? Additionally, since you aren't buying hockey tickets and $8 beers at the arena, feel free to check out the site here if you are interested in a donation.

    Since there are no NHL games to watch right now, let's take a look at some of the greatest mustaches in hockey history. Let them inspire you to rock your own soup-strainer while supporting a great cause. Enjoy now!

Lanny McDonald

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    Let's just get Lanny McDonald out of the way here to ease some of the anticipation for when his slide shows up. Known specifically for the robust lip spinach he rocked during his playing days and beyond, McDonald was also a hell of a player.

    Currently the record holder for Calgary's season goal total of 66, Lanny and his mustache also helped the Flames to their first Stanley Cup in 1989.

Jerry Korab

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    Jerry "King Kong" Korab was a beefy NHL defenseman who played for four NHL teams in 975 games. Most noted were his years spent in Buffalo where Korab helped the Sabres reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1975. Korab was a two-time All-Star in 1975 and 1976, and his spectacular lip hat will be remembered as one of the all-time greats.

Larry Robinson

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    Widely recognized as one of the greatest defensemen of all time, Larry Robinson won six Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens during their dominance in the 1970s. Robinson took home some individual hardware during that time as well winning two Norris Trophies and one Conn Smythe for his efforts in the 1978 playoffs.

    Almost every player in the 1970s had some sort of mouth merkin at one point or another, but "Big Bird" Robinson and his ginger-flavored duster earn a spot on my list.

Harold Snepsts

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    With one of the more enjoyable photos in the slideshow, Harold Snepsts is sporting the famed Vancouver Canuck "victory" jersey. Snepsts was one of the most popular Canucks in franchise history as a stayat-home defender who played with a gritty, blue-collar style.

    He and his robust upper-lip plumage were inducted into the Canucks "Ring of Honor" in March 2011. Snepsts also owns a seat at the lesser-known, but equally prestigious, Ring of Mustaches.

Paul MacLean

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    Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean checks in with his magnificent facial furniture. His mustache looks like an oversized frosted mini-wheat on performance-enhancing drugs. After a solid playing career, MacLean hopped behind the bench as an assistant before getting the nod as the head of the Ottawa squad.

    In his first year with the Senators, MacLean took the team to the playoffs and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year. No truth to the rumor that a split in votes for MacLean and his mustache allowed Ken Hitchcock and his decidedly lesser mouth brow take the award.

Joel Quenneville

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    Before he took his scowl behind the bench, mustachioed Joel Quenneville and his glorious flavor saver were a first-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He would have a solid career as a player in 803 games before taking his talents to the coaching ranks.

    Quenneville has coached the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and now heads the Chicago Blackhawks. He led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010 and has never had a losing record in 15 years as a coach.

Dave Schultz

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    As if he needed anything else to be more of a tough guy, Dave "The Hammer" Schultz rocked a ferocious handle-bar snot mop while he issued beatdowns with startling regularity. As the NHL's single-season penalty minute holder, Schultz helped lead the "Broad Street Bullies" to consecutive Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.

John Wensink

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    The handle bar mustache is an added bonus to a regular stache. It gives a certain additional bravado to the regular lip toupee, that turns average men into pillars of virility. If you slap one of those hairy horseshoes on a guy that already looks a little bit "off," you have unlimited potential for awesomeness.

    Add an out-of-control afro, some pork-chop sideburns and you have tough guy John Wensink.  As a Boston Bruin, Wensink was the centerpiece of one of the most infamous incidents in NHL history. After a line brawl against the Minnesota North Stars, Wensink skated over to the Minnesota bench and challenged the entire bench. There were no takers.

Dennis Maruk

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    Blessed with an already great hockey name, Dennis Maruk added to his legend by rocking one of the all-time great lip rugs in NHL history. At only 5'8", Maruk needed the competitive edge that the enormous smoke filter would provide.

    Maruk would play for Minnesota and Washington in 888 games, scoring 356 goals and 522 assists.

Brian Trottier

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    Winning six Stanley Cups with two different teams is nice, but doing it while rocking a slick-looking dirt squirrel puts Brian Trottier over the top. Playing during the offensive explosion of the early Gretzky years, Trottier was regarded by many hockey experts at the time as the better all-around player because of his willingness to play at both ends of the ice.

    Trottier was a better defensive player than Gretzky for sure, but the true measure of his manliness rests atop his upper lip.

Wendel Clark

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    One of Toronto's favorite all-time players, Wendel Clark won the hearts of Leaf fans with his physical and intense play. Lost in Clark's popularity is the fact that he is Barry Melrose's cousin. This is cancelled out by Clark also being distant cousins with Joey Kocur.

    Clark's toughness was not limited to his rugged facial fur. His legendary demolition of Los Angeles Kings Marty McSorley's face ended up on the front page of the Toronto Star during the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs. Nobody hits Dougie Gilmour!

Dave Babych

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    A veteran of almost 1,200 NHL games, Dave Babych played for five teams in 19 NHL seasons. Given the size of the nose neighbor on Babych's face, one might assume there were some wind-resistance issues and possible breathing concerns.

    Babych was able to top the 50-point mark six times, dispelling any questions about mustache interference with his production.

Pat Burns

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    Pat Burns was one of the most loved and respected bench bosses in NHL history. While he is held in high regard for what he brought to his team's work ethic and hustle, there is no arguing the influence of Burn's famous duster. Three Jack Adams Awards with three different teams and a Stanley Cup title in 2003 should cement Burn's legacy as a Hall of Fame coach.

    After beating colon cancer and liver cancer, Burns finally lost his third bout with cancer, succumbing to lung cancer in 2010. If you weren't already grooming your own flavor saver, hopefully Coach Burns can inspire you to grow one.

Carey Price

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    Carey Price has no shortage of confidence. Never has that been more evident than when the Montreal Canadiens goalie rolled out his edition of a mouth brow last Movember.

    While a month's worth of growth doesn't necessarily offer a true depiction of a mustache's potential, kudos to Price for the "inner city beat cop" look.

Paul Bissonnette

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    As if Paul Bissonnette needed any more attention, he has a Twitter account to broadcast his life to the rest of us. With no reservations about an inside look into the world of a fourth-liner, Bissonnette is a regular contributor to the Movember look.

    The newest Cardiff Devil (English Hockey League) represents this year with the classic 1970's "pizza delivery guy" look in an adult film.

Claude Giroux

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    We chose to look the other way when Philadelphia Flyer star center Claude Giroux chemically enhanced his face fungus with some Just For Men. The genetically challenged ginger-Giroux wanted a more pronounced flow on the upper lip, so he went a few shades darker, so that the lip carpet definitely didn't match his drapes.

    Respect for the Burt Reynold's mustache on the fair-haired Canadian.

Cal Clutterbuck

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    Arguably the best name in hockey is no stranger to facial hair fun all year long. Clutterbuck tends to focus on the mustache in November but has been known to rock variations of the cookie duster in other months of the season.

    While I prefer the horseshoe-handlebar look, Clutterbuck often rocks the classic Cary Grant look as well.

Trevor Gillies

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    Trevor Gillies' career in the NHL isn't nearly as impressive as the hairy horseshoe that adorns his mug. With mitts that were meant to be dropped, Gillies embraces his role as a tough guy and looks every bit the part. Often rocking the mohawk haircut, Gillies is one of the most intimidating dudes in hockey.

Mike Brown

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    Toronto grinder Mike Brown has one of, if not, the best walrus-styled mustaches in the league. Brown rocks his push broom all year round and gets bonus points for being awesome the other 11 months.

George Parros

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    Who else could I fill the last slide with other than the Minister of Moustachery himself, George Parros? While Parros switched coasts this summer during free agency, a fresh crop of baby dolls will get to adore his bushy misplaced eyebrow.

    Ivy League-educated at Princeton, Parros is smart enough to know his role in the NHL is not scoring goals. Punching people in the face has value too, and Parros may have outsmarted everyone with the plus-sized shock absorber on his grill.