11/26/2015 7:00 AM
If someone were to ask what are the sights and sounds that define the game of hockey, you’re likely to get a multitude of answers.
Sharpened blades slicing through fresh ice. Arenas packed full of rabid, jersey-wearing fans. The best and most creative hairstyles and facial hair you’ll ever come across. Eardrum-shattering goal horns.
For Brampton Beast defenseman Mathew Maione, one of these hockey staples will be temporarily removed from the game during the month of November as he has traded in his luscious hockey beard for a sheet of fresh stubble to participate in Movember to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues.
Maione, a self-described “pretty hairy guy”, headed to House of Mann Hair Design in Brampton to kick off the month with a fresh shave before he starts growing out his ‘stache.
“I went in and I was kind of nervous,” Maione admitted with a smile.
“It was funny because when I went in, the owner asked if I was shaving my head. I said no, just my beard because I had a pretty big beard. He just asked what was the occasion and I told him about my campaign.”
Maione is growing out his moustache for the month of November and will be pledging five dollars for every point he records over the course of the Beast’s 11 games in November and is hoping that the Beast faithful will do the same.
“I just think it’s a really good cause and I’d like to see more people support it,” Maione said. “Instead of just sitting there and growing a moustache, let’s do something about it and try to raise as much funds as we can to do our part.”
As one of just a handful of returning players to the 2015-16 Beast squad, Maione stepped up to start the cause in the Beast dressing room and is hoping his teammates follow suit.
Maione explained that he’s noticed different causes gain great exposure over the last few years, from breast cancer to ALS, but feels men’s health issues could still use a little push.
“I think that breast cancer awareness has really taken off and obviously Movember has as well but I still want to help,” he said. “I figured, I’m a male and what’s better than using my experience to try to help out and pledge five dollars for every point I score in the month of November. Health is really based on gender. On average, males live four years less than females.”
And Maione isn’t wrong. According to Prostate Cancer Canada, approximately one in eight Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and that includes Maione’s own grandfather and this year’s Movember campaign is a way for him and all who may be interested to give back and help those who’ve affected.
“I like to help out, especially in the community around here in Brampton and the Greater Toronto Area. I grew up around here. It’s my roots. I want to be able to give back and help people who have watched me play and helped our organization by coming out to the games and supporting us.”
Maione has been growing his mo for several days already and has already recorded a point in the month of November, so both his pledges and his moustache are already growing.
When asked if he was worried about how his new facial hair will look as it’s growing in, he just smiled and laughed.
“It’s coming in man. It’s a blessing and it’s a curse. It grows fast.”
Come on out to the Powerade Centre to help Maione reach his goalThe Beast host the Manchester Monarchs at the Powerade Centre on Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. Single game tickets are now available, starting at $16.25. Trial Packs for the 2015-16 season are also available starting at $39.99 that include three game tickets. For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or cballard@bramptonbeast.