Americans players supporting Movember

November 1, 2012 

Brenden Fiebelkorn swears he shaved Halloween night.

The following afternoon, it looked as though the Tri-City Americans goalie hadn't picked up a razor for a couple of days.

"I've had facial hair since Grade 7," said Fiebelkorn, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. "I've been able to grow a full beard the last two years."

Fiebelkorn, 18, and the rest of his teammates started out the day clean shaven — for the most part — for Movember.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men's faces in Canada and around the world. The annual month-long mustache growing and appreciation charity event helps raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.

The Canadian Hockey League raised more than $128,000 last year during Movember. Many of the CHL teams take part in the contest, but the Americans are not a registered participant.

But that doesn't keep them from supporting their fellow man.

By the end of the month, Fiebelkorn will no doubt have his full beard back (and more), and teammate Drydn Dow will try and match him whisker for whisker. There is a prize — though no one knew what it was Thursday afternoon — for the winner.

"I'm pretty excited. I expect to win," Dow said. "With Mason (Wilgosh) gone, I have a good chance."

While the Americans are basing their contest on mustaches alone, Fiebelkorn took it on step further with a clean face, much to the surprise of his teammates.

"He's been growing that beard for three years," Dow said. "No one recognized him when he came to the rink today."

We'll follow Fiebelkorn and Dow during the month to see how their mustaches and beards are coming along. Today, we have photos of their Nov. 1 start.

Movember comes along just as former Regina Pats captain, Brandon Davidson, was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Twitter feeds were buzzing Thursday with good wishes for Davidson. He in turn replied: Thanks to all my family, friends, fans, and everyone for all the love and support. It goes a long way. I appreciate everyone who has reached out and given me the support. I will be back and I will battle through this. #MovemberForBD

Davidson will undergo immediate treatment at The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center on the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center campus in Oklahoma City.

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