The Washington Times - November 1, 2011, 12:34PM

It’s either a thing of beauty or creepy. No matter what you think of Jonas Hiller’s “Movember” tribute mask, it serves a purpose.

Hiller last week debuted a new helmet that features photos of him and all his Anaheim teammates with cartoonish mustaches drawn on – and, of course, enforcer George Parros with his real facial hair. It’s all a way to bring attention to the trend in recent years of men growing mustaches for November to raise awareness for prostate cancer.


“The inspiration was sure the Movember theme. [Parros] brought the whole theme to the dressing room,” said Hiller, who asked his painter to put this together for a specific reason. “Everybody said they want to grow a ‘stache. At first I didn’t want to grow a ‘stache because it bothers me under my mask. I said, ‘I’ll just put something like that on the mask.’ ”

It’s a remarkable creation that drew attention from onlookers during Monday’s event at The Art Of Shaving on Connecticut Avenue, as Hiller, Parros and fellow Ducks players got their final shaves before the start of “Movember.” The response all around has been positive.

“I think it’s just hilarious and guys are loving it and it’s totally different,” Hiller said.

So, mission accomplished as the Swiss goalie drew attention to the cause. But that won’t shade him from the peer pressure. He’s going to give growing a mustache a chance.

“I probably almost have to right now,” he said with a smile. “I have to see how good it goes and if it doesn’t bother me too much. But worst-case, I still have the one on my mask, so I can defend myself if I actually have to cut it.”