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by George Malik on 04/15/13 at 01:45 AM ET
Those of you who watched Saint Cloud State University play in the Frozen Four, or in any college hockey game this season, probably noticed that a significant chunk of their roster sported shoulder-length hair under their helmets.
It turns out that the players, including Red Wings prospect Nick Jensen, were growing out their hair for Locks of Love, and on Sunday, the Saint Cloud Times' Ben Katzner reports that the players made their donations:
Katzner spoke to the gents about their motivation for doing so...and their new "looks"...
As St. Cloud State University hockey players Tim Daly, Nic Dowd, Nick Jensen and David Morley sat in the lobby of Crossroads Center’s Fantastic Sams, the group couldn’t help but joke about each other’s flowing locks. One-liners aside, the group was gathered for a ceremony of sorts. After almost two years of growing their hair out, it was time for it to go.
“We were talking about it today when we were picking (teammates) up,” freshman forward David Morley said. “We were complaining about how long it was and how much of a pain it was. But to finally get it cut today, we were almost kind of nervous about it.”
The hairy group — which consisted of those gathered Sunday, plus junior forward Cory Thorson and senior forward Ben Hanowski — gained attention both locally and nationally during St. Cloud State’s NCAA Frozen Four run. And it wasn’t just for their looks, but because they planned to donate their hair to the charity Locks of Love after the season.
Hair donated to Locks of Love is used to make wigs for people with cancer or other illnesses.
“I think that’s the only reason that we can walk around with hair like this and get away with it,” said Dowd, a junior forward. “It’s just the fact that we know it’s going to a great cause and we know what we’re doing is going to help someone out that’s less fortunate than us. We’re really excited that we’re going to help someone in need.”
To donate, each player had to have a minimum of 10 inches of hair. Stylists fashioned each person’s hair into a series of ponytails, cut off the excess and then styled a new cut to the player’s liking. As hair piled on the floor beneath each player, the room was more reminiscent of a kennel full of shedding dogs than a hair salon.
“I hardly recognize myself, but it feels good to finally cut it and finally get it on its way,” Jensen said.
Well done, gentlemen, well done.
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