WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin figures that a buzz cut is better than a pink Mohawk, especially if you’re 19 and don’t want to be gawked at.
So participating in the fourth annual “Cuts for a Cause” should be pretty easy for the teenage forward, whose hair is just part of the reason the girls at Bruins practices and games fawn over his every move.
“Picture me walking around a high school of 7,000 kids with a pink Mohawk. That’s what I did for a week. … I walked around and everyone just looked at us and said ‘what?’ You see everybody’s lips going like, ‘what?’” explained Seguin today after practice at Ristuccia Arena.
It seems the last two years, Seguin’s Plymouth Whalers squads went with the pink Mohawks to aid breast cancer awareness. Needless to say, there were some embarrassing moments. Now a pro, Seguin has to sacrifice his hair again, but this time around he and 14 of his teammates will be getting their heads shaved to benefit the Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
“Cuts for a Cause,” which is presented by Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and the Toucher & Rich radio show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, will be held April 7 from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Ned Devine’s at 1 Faneuil Hall Market Place in Boston. People can bid to win the chance to be a head-shaver starting Monday March 21 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other 13 participants in addition to Thornton and Seguin are scheduled to be Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Steve Kampfer, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, and Dennis Seidenberg.
In the case of McQuaid, it’s almost disappointing that one of the most famous manes in the NHL will be history. But, as he does on the ice by jumping in to protect teammates every chance he gets, McQuaid once again wants to show how unselfish he is.
“It’s more noticeable on me because of my long hair,” said McQuaid, who figures he last wore a buzz cut seven years ago. “A lot of guys have shorter hair, so you don’t notice if they’re shaved. I don’t want to be the guy that people say his hair is more important than anything. I didn’t want to be that guy.”
Many of the veterans are protective of their hair but are willing to participate in this event to show team unity and benefit the cause. Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic have all done it before. Peverley, a newcomer to the Bruins, says he hasn’t shaved his head since his senior year of college but he was willing to sign up.
Players that aren’t participating will still donate $400 to the Bruins Foundation. When you think about it though, there’s no reason for anyone to avoid the event. After all, it’s not like they’d have to sport a pink Mohawk.