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.
Long may your big jib draw 🐟 pic.twitter.com/URc39pF1Im
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 14, 2019
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.