Hockey Hugs is a feature that celebrates the best in hugging from around the sport of hockey, because who doesn't love a good hug now and then? Have you seen a particularly good hug photo lately? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet it to @HarrisonMooney.
Welcome once again to hockey hugs, the Puck Daddy feature where everyone takes the body.The trade deadline has come and gone, and it's yielded some potential new hugging combinations, such as Jaromir Jagr alongside Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Look at them. Marchand is loving it. One hand around Jagr, the other on Seguin's backside. He's the envy of every woman in Boston.
While some teams are getting used to their new combinations and preparing to be hugging in the postseason, however, other teams are getting ready to hug for the last time. Soon, they'll be clutching wedges and irons instead of one another, wondering what could have been different.
But one team that won't is the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will have to do their best to remember what it's like to hug in the postseason. Do you hug harder? Do you hug for longer? Do you grab your nearest teammate and meow like a cat?
Here's Mike Kostka and John Michael-Liles trying that last idea out.
Coming up: more of the best hugs from the last two weeks, because we totally need them right now.
No. 5, Edmonton Oilers
Nail Yakupov and his Oilers teammates celebrate a goal, all the while trying to avoid eye contact with the insane woman trying to eat through the glass behind them.
"Magnus! MAGNUSSSS! MAAAAAAAGNUSSSSSSSSSSS!"
"Don't look at her, Magnus. That's what she wants. Look away."
No. 4, Vancouver Canucks
Derek Roy discovers why Chris Higgins is known as "Kiss Huggins".
"Whoa. You are... incredibly close."
"I know, right?"
No. 3, North American Hockey Legends
Bill Guerin hugs Brendan "Shanahug" Shanahan after scoring a goal during the Global Hockey Legends for Sandy Relief exhibition game on April 13.
"Woooooo! Hey, why are you holding me down?"
"Skates on the ice, Billy. We're role models now."
No. 2, Team USA
Speaking of keeping your skates on the ice, here's Gigi Marvin and Kendall Coyne of the U.S. women's team celebrating a Brianna Decker goal at the Women's Hockey Worlds.
This is a suspendable hug, in my opinion. Look at that elevation.
No. 1, Philadelphia Flyers
Jay Rosehill is really into this contact here.
"Hey Adam. Let's Eskimo kiss."
"Oh, come on. Just rub your nose against mine."
"Here comes Jay Nosehill! Better get your nose ready. This is happening."
"Seriously, no. Here, how about I pat your head?"
"Aw, shucks. You really care about me, bro. Bring it in for some nose-love."
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