The mustache has become synonymous with Matthews in the hockey world over the past two years. But Matthews has pledged to shave off his facial hair if he reaches his goal of raising $ 134,000 for men’s health through Movember, an annual event involving mustache growing during the month of November to raise awareness. men’s health problems, such as prostate cancer. , testicular cancer and male suicide.
In total, Matthews raised $ 148,124 for the cause this year – more than enough to part with the “stache.”
Beyond fundraising for the cause, Matthews exuded a certain youthful exuberance when he met the clean-shaven-faced media on Wednesday.
“Everyone missed it a bit. It’s also weird, ”Matthews said with a smile. “I feel like I’m 16 again. “
Former teammate Nazem Kadri, who is in town as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, went further.
“Looks like he’s 10 years old,” Kadri said fiery.
All kidding aside, the 24-year-old reflected on the support he received throughout November and the effect his campaign will have.
“It’s going to make a difference and have an impact, raise awareness for an amazing cause,” Matthews said. “It means a lot, and if it means having to shave your mustache, then I totally agree. “
Could the ‘stache come back? You can bet on it.
” I think so. I didn’t feel myself when I saw it, ”Matthews said. “It may just take a little getting used to. “
Matthews started growing a mustache while vacationing in Mexico in the summer of 2019. He was halfway through shaving and decided to skip the lip to “blend in with my heritage”.
Her mother, Ema, who is Mexican, loved it – and it stuck.
Matthews has 10 goals and nine assists in 20 games this season. The Maple Leafs face the Avalanche Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.