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Halifax Mooseheads forward Stefan Fournier, second from right, plants a smooch on Jonathan Drouin after a first period goal in Game 5 of the QMJHL final.
By Andrew Rankin
Konrad Abeltshauser figures last year Randy Gazzola topped the list.
But now that his former teammate has moved on, the Halifax Mooseheads‚Äô veteran defenceman says their co-captain Stefan Fournier is now hands down the squad‚Äôs best kisser.
They say practice makes perfect, and Fournier, according to Abeltshauser, tops the Herd‚Äôs pecking order.
‚ÄúFournier gets pretty into it I‚Äôd say,‚ÄĚ said the German defenceman with a laugh.
But Abeltshauser wasn‚Äôt going to deny ever getting into the action, either.
‚ÄúThen again there aren‚Äôt many guys on our team who haven‚Äôt gotten a kiss from one of us yet, and that‚Äôs OK,‚ÄĚ he said.
And what better time to share a congratulatory peck than after scoring in the QMJHL title-clinching game, just like Fournier did on Friday?
After notching a beauty, the game‚Äôs second goal, the troops swopped in as usual for a post goal embrace. Except this time the six-foot-two, 210-pound Fournier planted one right on sniper Jonathan Drouin‚Äôs lips.
It‚Äôs all been immortalized in a Metro Halifax photograph.
‚ÄúIt was in the moment and I‚Äôm going to kiss my brother,‚ÄĚ said an animated Fournier after Tuesday‚Äôs practice at the Halifax Forum. ‚ÄúBy the way, for all the ladies out there, Jo‚Äôs a great kisser.‚ÄĚ
Truth be told the smooch came as a little bit of a surprise for Drouin. But, hey, it was OK in the moment. After all, who‚Äôs Drouin to rain on anyone‚Äôs parade?
‚Äú(Fournier) likes to kiss all the time and at the time it was alright we were in mid-celebration, but right now, maybe not,‚ÄĚ said Drouin with a chuckle on Friday night, just after he was through hoisting the President‚Äôs Cup.
And it‚Äôs not like Fournier and Drouin are the first pair of hockey players to lock lips in the heat of the moment. Who can forget former New York Islanders‚Äô Ziggy Palffy and Travis Green‚Äôs second period dramatics just a few years back?
Besides, Fournier couldn‚Äôt care less that his actions have brought about Twitter chirps galore, and enough teasing since the smooch to last a lifetime.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre all asking ‚Äėwhat was that?‚Äô;‚ÄėWhat were you doing?‚Äô
It was, as Fournier explains, just a kiss.
With the Memorial Cup right around the corner, he and some other Mooseheads aren‚Äôt ruling out any more on-ice affection.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a great possibility,‚ÄĚ said Fournier. ‚ÄúIt could very well happen, you can just ask Jo and I‚Äôm sure he‚Äôll say the very same thing.‚ÄĚ