OTTAWA, Canada – You just never know when your girlfriend is going to propose to you. In hockey crazy Canada, it just might be on the ice. And on St. Patrick’s Day.
On Saturday night, that’s what happened at the National Hockey League contest between the rival Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators.
A video posted on NHL.com captures the special moment.
Alicia, wearing a blue Toronto Maple Leafs hockey shirt, was blindfolded and taken onto the ice at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa by the Senators team mascot, then told to take off the blindfold and look at the big screen. She looked up and read:
“My love for you is a journey, starting at forever and ending at never. You’re my world. Zing XOX.”
Her girlfriend, Christina, an Ottawa Senators fan dressed in a red shirt, walked up and grabbed her hands and they hugged. The crowd, sensing the special moment, began to cheer. And when Christina got on her knees to propose, pulling out an engagement ring, a loud cheer went up as the couple kissed. Then the mascot held up a sign, showing “She said yes,” drawing even more applause.
Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize marriage equality, effective July 20, 2005.