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Hennen wins Wild mustache contest

Mathew Hennen shows off his mustache as he poses for a photo with the Jack Links Sasquatch during the Minnesota Wild game on Friday, November 29. (Contributed)

All thanks to his mustache, a Douglas County resident had the opportunity to win a contest sponsored by the Minnesota Wild and kick off a game with the famed “Let’s Play Hockey” chant.

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Mathew Hennen, an employee at the Runestone Community Center, was growing a mustache in participation with the “Movember” festivities this year when his brother told him about the Minnesota Wild’s “Best Mo Contest.” As he had been growing his mustache for a significant amount of time, Hennen decided to enter his facial hair masterpiece into the contest.

“My brother went online and was reading about it on the Wild website, and I submitted a picture,” he said.

After the team received pictures of the entrants, members of the Wild’s staff voted on their favorites. Hennen’s “handlebar curled-up mustache” was elected one of four finalists to advance in the Wild’s contest. The finalists’ pictures were then placed on the Wild’s website, and fans voted for their favorite.

His mustache was voted the winner, and the prize was two tickets to last Friday’s Wild game against the Colorado Avalanche. At the game, Hennen had the opportunity to meet Wild forward Zenon Konopka and receive a custom signed jersey, hang out with the Jack Links Sasquatch and was handed a gift bag. But perhaps the best prize of all was the opportunity to start the game with the “Let’s Play Hockey” chant.

“It was a good experience because obviously there’s a lot of people in the building.” Hennen said.

Although he felt nervous to say the chant in front of thousands of fans at the game, Hennen said he quickly felt at ease while talking with people at the Xcel Energy Center.

“Once everybody is there and everybody is talking, you just kind of get into the flow of it,” he said.

After winning a contest for his mustache, Hennen said there is not a secret to styling his curled mustache. He just uses wax to style the hair and keep it out of his mouth. As of Tuesday, Hennen said he does not have plans for shaving his award-winning mustache anytime soon.

“As of right now I’ll probably keep it going,” he said.

Plus, Hennen will always have the memories of being rewarded for growing the unique mustache. His night being recognized at the Wild game was definitely memorable.

“It was a pretty good time,” Hennen said. “Props to the Minnesota Wild, they did a professional job. It was a good atmosphere down there.”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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