MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Wild is getting ready to kick off its annual “Movember” campaign starting Nov. 1.

It’s a campaign where men both young and old give their beards and mustaches a clean shave to start the month, then let it grow throughout November while raising money and awareness for prostate cancer research.   The Wild is in its fifth year of participating in “Movember.”

Wayne Peterson with the Minnesota Wild said the organization got involved in the campaign because it’s all about raising awareness for men’s health. Five years ago, former Wild defenseman Nick Schultz brought the campaign to the team’s attention as he had friend suffering from cancer.

The Wild will host a “Mo Down” before its 7 p.m. game Saturday against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center. On Nov. 29, the team will host a “Best Mo” contest for the best beards and mustaches. The fan with the best mustache will win a chance to announce “Let’s Play Hockey” before a Wild home game.

The campaign brings awareness to prostate cancer and men’s health in a fun and light-hearted way. It’s an issue most don’t like to discuss publicly. The Wild has raised more than $50,000 in its campaign and worldwide, about $50 million has been raised for cancer research.

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