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Welcome to the official web page of the NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE MOUSTACHE-WEARING PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION!

The NHLMWPA was founded in 1978 by Derek Sanderson of the Boston Bruins.  Sanderson was considered a hero by moustache-wearing players who had long been the subject of persecution and ridicule.


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Lanny McDonald and his red moustache

Lanny McDonald was the first player to bring a red moustache to the NHLMWPA.  McDonald gives the repugnant details of the discrimination and hatred he faced in his book, Lanny.  Lanny had the last laugh, however, when his red moustache led the Calgary Flames to a Stanley Cup Championship in the 1988-89 NHL season.

Tippett brings unity to Hartford

With the help of other moustache-wearing Whalers, Dave Tippett brought hope to the city of Hartford.  Unlike residents of many real cities Hartfordians had long lacked solidarity.  Tippett and his teammates Ray Ferraro, Dave Babych, and Joel Quenneville began the legendary "Era of the Moustache" in Hartford.  From big-time executives to the mildly retarded, everyone and his grandmother began growing a moustache.  "The Era," as it's known in Hartford, began in 1985 and lasted throughout the remainder of the decade.

Chicken Parm and his wacky Canadian nickname

Ray Ferraro, got his nickname due to moustache-related phenomena.  Fellow NHLMWPA member Mike Bullard gave Ferraro his unusual nickname while dining at Your Father's Moustache (http://www.yourfathersmoustache.ca/) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Bullard ordered the reuben while Ferraro chose the chicken parm.  A large chunk of chicken breast became entangled in Ferraro's moustache.  Upon noticing this Bullard laughed heartily for five to ten minutes.  Bullard then said, "From now on I'm gonna call you Chicken Parm, eh."  The zany nickname has stuck with Ferraro to this day.

Gordon Elephant defends the NHLMWPA

The founding of the NHLMWPA in 1978 sparked much controversy among owners, management, fans, and non-moustache-wearing players.  Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager, Gordon Elephant, defended the rights of players with moustaches.  Elephant was an idealist and thought it unfair to discriminate players based on their choice to wear a moustache.


 


 


 


 


 


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