EDMONTON, Alberta — The Golden Knights looked a little different Saturday. Most of them, anyway.
”I think it’s a good luck thing, and also I forgot my shaver,” the defenseman said after the Knights’ morning skate at Rogers Place. “I think it’s definitely off when I get back.”
Theodore was one of nine players to grow a mustache during November as part of the NHL’s initiative to support men’s health. Donations throughout the month benefited the Movember Foundation.
William Carrier and Jon Merrill also kept their facial hair, but Colin Miller was among the group ready for a trim.
“It’s nice to have it a little bit tighter,” Miller said. “You look around the league and see all the guys supporting it, everyone looking a little funny. But it’s great to see.”
Ryan Carpenter said his mustache was “pretty bad,” although his wife didn’t notice it was gone until well into their morning conversation on FaceTime.
“She’ll be excited when I come back. She’ll be eager to kiss me more, I guess,” Carpenter said jokingly. “It was a cool thing we got to do as a team, and that the league does it, it’s awesome. It raises awareness.”
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was named the NHL’s third star for the month of November, the league announced Saturday.
Fleury went 9-4 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 13 appearances. He led the NHL in victories and shutouts (four) and won his final six starts of the month.
Overall, Fleury has a league-best five shutouts and was tied for the league lead in victories (14) with Toronto’s Frederik Andersen.
Online voting for the NHL All-Star Game opened Saturday, and four Golden Knights are featured on the ballot for the Pacific Division: Fleury, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith.
Fans can vote for the four captains in the 3-on-3 tournament through Dec. 23. Write-in votes also can be cast, with the top vote-getter from each division named captain.
The All-Star Game is Jan. 26 at San Jose.
Cure for hangover
Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock can relate to the Knights’ slow start after they lost in the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.
Hitchcock guided Dallas to the title in 1999, and the Stars stumbled to a 9-10-3 record the following season before ultimately losing to New Jersey in the Cup finals.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done as a coach, to try to regroup your team after you lose in a Cup final,” Hitchcock said. It takes a lot of work, and it takes a lot of patience. I know my first kick at it, I didn’t have a lot of patience, and it didn’t go well for a long period of time.”