Maple Leafs players kiss a fish in Newfoundland (PHOTOS)

Sep 16 2019, 1:34 pm

Toronto Maple Leafs players embraced the Newfoundland culture during training camp in St. John’s.

Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, Frederik Andersen, and Tyson Barrie were photographed kissing a cod, as all four players were “screeched-in” this weekend.

The screech-in ceremony is a long held tradition in Newfoundland. It’s performed on non-Newfoundlanders, involving a shot of screech (a type of rum from the West Indies), speaking a short Newfoundland recitation, and kissing a cod.

It means these four Leafs players will have bad breath are now honorary Newfoundlanders.

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Pucker up, Morgan Rielly (Toronto Maple Leafs / Twitter)

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Goaltender Frederik Andersen with a smooch for the cod (Toronto Maple Leafs / Twitter)

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Welcome to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tyson Barrie (Toronto Maple Leafs / Twitter)