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Auston Matthews Raises Big Sum for Men’s Health

Toronto Maple Leafs’ star Auston Matthews shaved his moustache on Wednesday after raising a large sum of money toward men’s health.

For over two years now, hockey fans have been accustomed to Auston Matthews’ moustache, one that was often the target of teasing and a few jokes but resulted in raising money for a very good cause.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ superstar said he would shave off his moustache if he were able to raise $134,000 in fan donations towards the Movember charity. For anyone unaware, this charity encourages the growth of facial hair, in particular moustaches, to help raise awareness for men’s health, including prostate cancer. Staying true to his word, Matthews shaved his moustache after raising north of $148,000 towards the great cause.

“It’s been an amazing month, but a deal is a deal, and the time has come to shave off this moustache,” Matthews said in a video posted on his Instagram account.

This is a great gesture from the Leafs’ star, and one that will go a long ways in helping the Movember foundation. While he is known mainly for his play on the ice, specifically his incredible ability to score goals, he has done plenty of things off the ice during his six years in Toronto which sometimes go unnoticed.

As far as on the ice goes, the 24-year-old is off to a bit of a slow start by his lofty standards with 10 goals and 19 points in 20 contests. Just one season prior, he was able to record 41 goals in just 52 games, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if he is able to pop off in the very near future.

Maple Leafs Auston Matthews @reebeccathomson
Maple Leafs Auston Matthews photo by @reebeccathomson

Despite his somewhat slow start, the Leafs as a team are absolutely rolling right now. After a tough opening start to the season, they now sit with an extremely impressive record of 16-6-1, and have gone 9-1-0 over their past 10 games. As everyone knows, the main challenge for this group seems to be the playoffs, but perhaps this is the year they are finally able to change the narrative and go on a bit of a run. It appears this season they are committed to playing more of a defensively responsible game, which could go a long ways in helping them once the postseason rolls around.

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