Featured Mo: Gianpaolo of Arlington, Virginia


Gianpaolo deVito of Arlington is growing a mustache for Movember. Gianpaolo writes:

Hey guys! First, I just want to say thanks for giving me the opportunity to even try to promote my Movember run on your page. I promise it will be fantastically pathetic! (the hair growth, not the fundraising hopefully!)

My name is Gianpaolo, was a Caps STH for a few years (this year I’m getting married and had to give em up….) and I read the blog at least twice a day…. I promise I stay busy at work but we all need breaks right?

I’m doing this for a couple of reasons, the first is there can never be enough cancer research and as far as I’m concerned, Movember is one of the few organizations that actually uses the funds they raise to do good work.

Secondly, my team, the Mo Faux’s, has been one of the highest contributing teams in Movember history. A little backstory, a colleague of mine is a prostate cancer survivor. Most of the guys on the team have worked along side or with him at one point in time and it’s become a major cause for all of us.

Hope to get on the website! [Ed note: Boom. Done.]

Please consider supporting Gianpaolo’s Movember campaign.

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Featured Mo: Nick of Frederick, Maryland

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Nick Frye of Frederick, Maryland, is growing a mustache for Movember. Nick writes:

To you good people of RMNB I submit a mustache limerick:

There once was a ‪mustache named Mo.
He followed wherever I’d go.
He tickled and played, through ‪‎Movember‬ he stayed,
“Aw, can we keep him wife?” Her reply “Hell no!”

Please consider supporting Nick’s Movember campaign.

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Let RMNB Boost Your Movember Campaign


Through a cruel genetic prank, few of us at RMNB can grow mustaches, but we still want to get involved in Movember, the month-long campaign to raise money and awareness for select men’s health issues. So instead of embarrassing ourselves with pathetic facial hair, we’d like to feature some RMNB readers/Movember participants right here on the site.

We need your help. If you’re participating in Movember, send us a message at thecrew@russianmachineneverbreaks.com. In your message include the following:

  1. Your name, age, and location
  2. A photo or two
  3. A link to your Mo Space or other fundraising page
  4. 300 words or fewer on your ‘stache and why folks should support you

Please make it fun and mark your messages fit to print. We’ll publish some entries right here. Thanks!

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A Photo Timeline of Alex Ovechkin’s Movember Mustache


For the National Hockey League, November means no shaving. And for most hair-fertile Capitals (sorry, Michael Latta) that meant looking greasy and weird for at least twenty days to raise money for men’s health. The player who maybe had both the best and worst looking mustache was hands down Alex Ovechkin.

The well-marketed Ovi, who had a clause written into his Gilette contract to allow participation in the charity movement two years ago, went from handsome superstar to Charles Manson look-a-like in November. And somewhere in the middle, he looked like a derp-y hipster, which I’m sure his boy Michael Phelps would be proud of.

Join us as we watch the furry Russian caterpillar burst into full bloom. Warning: by the end, you might feel compelled to hand over your license and registration to Alex Ovechkin.

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When we heard a superhero foundation was holding a fundraiser in D.C. featuring Caps players Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, and John Carlson, we put our best subject-matter expert on the case. Here’s a report from RMNB Senior Spandexed Superhero Correspondent Brouwer Ranger Nathan on “Heroes Rock the Red.”

Spirits seem to be rebounding among Caps fans following back-to-back victories against the Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes this weekend. A handful of them came out to celebrate the nascent winning streak with Caps players and a bunch of superheroes while raising money for Foundation 4 Heroes (F4H).

Brouwer and Carlzner signed autographs, took photos with fans, and tended bar at City Tap House DC to raise money for the F4H, which takes a unique approach to supporting kids with life-threatening diseases. The non-profit sends superheroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman to visit kids and encourage them to find the superhero inside themselves.

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The Washington Capitals organization loves bobbleheads. They’ve given out countless resin statues in recent years. At blood drives, at home games, or as part of the team’s Kids Club: tons tiny, oddly proportioned Caps players have made their way into fans’ homes.

Tonight we add another to that family: mustached George Parros Troy Brouwer.

Troy’s handlebar look is because of Movember. Many Caps — most notably Karl Alzner and Alex Ovechkin — are growing ‘staches this month to raise money and awareness for cancer research and mental health.

So the Brouw bobblehead– the Brouwblehead– is particularly awesome– even though it looks more like Super Mario than #20.

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Photo credit: @BrouwerRangers

Several Washington Capitals players are participating in Movember, a month-long facial hair fundraiser for prostate and testicular cancers as well as mental health. For the next however-many-days-are-in-November-I-can’t-remember-the-rhyme, the Caps will be growing lip shrubbery for a good cause.

The Caps are doing their part to raise awareness. At the November 5th game against the New York Islanders, the Caps will be giving away Troy Brouwer Bobbleheads. (Also, Alex Ovehckin is expected to return, so maybe buy tickets?)


P.S. Why not get involved in Movember? You can donate to someone’s campaign– such as friend-of-the-blog Nick Frye!

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“If your beard won’t grow, you resort to other means. #Movember #Gunter” Translated by Jacob Ware.

Growing a manly mustache can be difficult if you’re an 18-year-old Swede. You’re not even through with the throes of puberty, and you’ve probably got blonde hair. Take it from a guy with experience: fair hair impressive manstache.

Washington Capitals first round pick Filip Forsberg and his best bud Jacob De La Rose are painfully aware of their facial hair shortcomings, so here’s their workaround for Movember. It involves felt!

Next time, take Nick Offerman’s advice and eat a raw onion instead:

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Tomas Kundratek

Photo credit: Kyle Mace of Sweetest Hockey On Earth

November 1st marks the first day of Movember, an event where men across the globe grow mustaches to raise money to fight prostate cancer. Hockey players have been among the most avid supporters of the charity, raising thousands for research and awareness.

Almost the entire Hershey Bears team is participating this year, and some players are trying to one up each other. After Boyd Kane’s wife offered a signed team photo for any person donating $25 or more, Caps prospect Tomas Kundratek responded with his own overture.

No signed jersey or stick. Too rote. Instead, Kundratek is offering to take the fan who donates the most money out to dinner at the finest establishment in Hershey: Houlihan’s! If you’re nice, he might let you order an appetizer.

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Catching Up With Former Capital Andrew Gordon

Photo credit: Kyle Mace

Andrew Gordon won two Calder Cups with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears in four seasons.  He played nine games with Washington last season, scoring his first career NHL goal on future hall of famer Martin Brodeur, a feat he celebrated by kissing assister Marcus Johansson on the bench. But Andrew left the organization over the summer to hazard the free market. After a promising performance at Anaheim’s training camp, Gordon was added to the team’s roster (and then cheated on us in Finland with another blog).

I caught up with the notoriously well-spoken Andrew Gordon after the Ducks’ painful 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals on Tuesday. We talked about California weather, competing against his former teammates, and the enduring adoration of Washington’s fans.

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