True to his word, Maple Leafs star center Auston Matthews has shaved his mustache.
Matthews pledged to shave his mustache as part of Movember, a charity that encourages supporters to grow facial hair to raise awareness about men’s health, including prostate cancer.
“It’s a little different,” Matthews said Wednesday morning of his smooth, shaved face.
“I think it’s going to take a while to get used to it. Everyone kind of gave a double take. It’s really weird. I didn’t feel myself when I saw it, but it might take a little while to get used to the feeling again.
When he came to Wednesday’s pre-game team reunion, he got some weird looks.
“I asked who the newcomer was in the game,” said coach Sheldon Keefe.
Matthews sent the photo to his teammates in a group chat after shaving to give them the alert.
“It’s a little different. He looks a lot younger, ”said Rasmus Sandin.
“I should be okay,” Matthews said. “I feel like I’m 16 again. “
Matthews’ mother, Ema, had said how much she loved her son’s mustache. He sent her and her father a photo of the new look.
“They’re a little in shock,” Matthews said. “They said the same thing, that I look a lot younger, but I mean, that’s my mom. She must say that I look good every time.
Matthews, who has worn the mustache for a few years to the point that it has become a trademark, said he would shave it if he raised $ 134,000 from donations from fans. It surpassed $ 148,000 on Wednesday at noon.
“It means a lot, support and all month long,” Matthews said. “Being able to make a difference and have an impact, raising awareness for an incredible cause, it means a lot. And if that means having to shave your mustache, then I totally agree.
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