Capitals 36-year-old left wing Jason Chimera bounded into the Capitals locker room like an 8-year-old, thrusting a trophy in his hand.
“I won! I won!” he belted for everyone to hear.
“What’s that? A participation trophy?” shot back Capitals left wing Brooks Laich.
Chimera, the oldest player on the Caps roster, had just been presented the captain’s choice award, presented to the Capitals player who sported the best mustache for the month of Movember. Apparently, Chimera was also presented with a white jacket adorned with black mustaches.
“I’m more interested in raising awareness for men’s health,” Chimera said before accepting the trophy.
As of 2 p.m. on Monday the Capitals had raised $5,298 in their Movember campaign, with donations to www.washingtoncapitals.com/Movember closing by the end of the day.
Most of the Caps players participated in the initiative, with defenseman Karl Alzner and Chimera the heavy favorites to win the captain’s choice award, which presumably is voted by the players.
Michael Latta received a trophy for the Baby Face Award, presented to the player who had the most difficult time growing a mustache, and defenseman Nate Schmidt won the Peach Fuzz award, given to the player whose face most resembled a … peach.
Since the Caps were given the day off on Tuesday, look for some fresh faces to hit the ice at Kettler on Wednesday when the Caps prepare for a two-game Canadian road trip that will take them to Montreal on Thursday and Winnipeg on Saturday.
They return to Verizon Center on Tuesday, Dec. 8 when Mike Green and the Detroit Red Wings make their first visit of the season to Washington.