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PHILADELPHIA – Since today is the start of Mo-vember and since hockey players across the NHL will be sporting mustaches this month to promote health awareness for men, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner figured he’d get a headstart with a healthy handlebar ‘stache.
“I was reading on Twitter that I have an unfair advantage,” Alzner said. “I’m pretty sure it’s not about who can grow the biggest mustache in the month. I think it’s having a mustache and having awareness for it.”
That’s not to say Alzner doesn’t want to make a statement with his ‘stache. In fact, listen to this little story he shared after today’s morning skate
“I was trying to bleach it blonde yesterday to be like Hulk Hogan, but there was no Just For Men blonde at Rite-Aid. So I tried regular hair dye and it takes 20 to 30 minutes and it was burning after 10, so I washed it out.”
Now if that’s not awareness, what is?
Alzner also had a few words to say about playing in Philadelphia for the first time this season.
“It’s one of the buildings where the energy is always good,” he said. “The fans hate the visiting team, so you know they’re going to hate you When you’re playing good here, it’s great. When you’re playing bad, it’s terrible.”
If you recall, newly acquired Flyer Steve Downie gave Alzner his first NHL fighting major when he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning two seasons ago. The Flyers acquired Downie from Colorado for Max Talbot on Thursday.
What’s the key to negating Downie’s nastiness?
“If you leave him alone,” Alzner said, “he’s not too bad.”