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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 Mooseheadsâ veteran defenceman says their co-captain Stefan Fournier is now hands down the squadâs best kisser.
They say practice makes perfect, and Fournier, according to Abeltshauser, tops the Herdâs pecking order.
âFournier gets pretty into it Iâd say,â said the German defenceman with a laugh.
But Abeltshauser wasnât going to deny ever getting into the action, either.
âThen again there arenât many guys on our team who havenât gotten a kiss from one of us yet, and thatâs OK,â 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 gameâs 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 Drouinâs lips.
Itâs all been immortalized in a Metro Halifax photograph.
âIt was in the moment and Iâm going to kiss my brother,â said an animated Fournier after Tuesdayâs practice at the Halifax Forum. âBy the way, for all the ladies out there, Joâs a great kisser.â
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, whoâs Drouin to rain on anyoneâs parade?
â(Fournier) likes to kiss all the time and at the time it was alright we were in mid-celebration, but right now, maybe not,â said Drouin with a chuckle on Friday night, just after he was through hoisting the Presidentâs Cup.
And itâs 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 Islandersâ Ziggy Palffy and Travis Greenâs second period dramatics just a few years back?
Besides, Fournier couldnât care less that his actions have brought about Twitter chirps galore, and enough teasing since the smooch to last a lifetime.
âTheyâre all asking âwhat was that?â;âWhat were you doing?â
It was, as Fournier explains, just a kiss.
With the Memorial Cup right around the corner, he and some other Mooseheads arenât ruling out any more on-ice affection.
âItâs a great possibility,â said Fournier. âIt could very well happen, you can just ask Jo and Iâm sure heâll say the very same thing.â