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Boys kissing!

I finally watched the WJC gold medal game today, and and and... boys kissing!!!!!! (It's not pedophilia - it's "scouting") And then I found out that some of you haven't seen it, and that's a travesty.

I have little pictures:

And I also uploaded a video clip!

For the last of the goodies, fullycompletely found an article about all that kissing!

It might be OK in Europe, but kissing just doesn't fly on the Prairies

Canada's world junior team was a close bunch.

Real close.

The traditional high five or a pat on the head would no longer suffice when celebrating goals and victories at the world junior tournament.

These guys took it further.

They became known as the Kissing Canadians.

It became a common sight to see the jubilant Canadians consumating a goal with a peck on the cheek.

After their gold-medal victory over the Swedes, there was more smooching going on than at a Fort Lauderdale beach during spring break.

Team Canada captain Karl Alzner blames winger Wayne Simmonds for starting the love-fest when he planted one on teammate John Tavares after a big goal.

"It seems like you get so excited, you don't even know what you're doing," Alzner says.

"I don't why they started kissing, but they did.

"It was never on the lips though. It was always on the cage or maybe the cheek."

But, apparently, what happens in the Czech Republic, stays in the Czech Republic.

The Calgary Hitmen are riding a season-high seven-game winning streak.

One would think there would be plenty of opportunity for Alzner to share the love.

Not so, his teammates say.

The kissing booth is closed.

"I don't know how that would go over with some of the rough guys like Gilly (enforcer Ryan Gillen)," says centre Ryan White.

"I guess when your emotions are going ... I don't think we need it, though."

Gillen says he hasn't noticed anything out of the ordinary.

"He brought a few things back, but he didn't bring the kissing after a goal," the overager says.

"I can understand where it comes from in that tournament. It's very emotional. You score a goal and people get excited.

"Spur of the moment, I guess? I don't know."

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Luke Egener says he's been keeping an eye on world junior star Brandon Sutter.

"He's got a feminine side to him," says Egener, unable to stifle a snicker. "He'd be the first guy to kiss someone.

"He's scored a couple of goals already, but he hasn't kissed anyone yet. I hope that stays over in Europe. We don't need any of that in our dressing room.

"But if he was going to kiss somebody, he'd kiss me first."

Saskatoon Blades defenceman Ryan Funk said he was unaware of Team Canada's peculiar behaviour.

The Blades were on the road during some of the world junior tourney, so they were forced to follow teammate Colton Gillies on the radio.

But, just like in Red Deer and Calgary, Funk says Gillies, who was recently named captain, hasn't turned into a kissing bandit.

"He hasn't been kissing anybody," Funk says, adding Saskatoon isn't the kind of place that would embrace public displays of affection.

"I don't think it would go over too well," he says. "I think he'd get slapped upside the head."

"If he tried to do that to me, boy, look out."
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