September 22, 2011
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced the St. Louis Blues at Amway Center (presented by Amway) in Orlando on Wednesday night. What better venue than a neutral site NHL exhibition game to propose to your girlfriend, right ladies?
The proposal somehow involved NHL great Dave Andreychuk, and according to reader "EA Phenom" things nearly went off the rails:
Orlando has been excited to host a preseason NHL game all summer. Maybe too excited. At Wednesday night's Tampa Bay vs. St. Louis game at Amway Center, a marriage proposal set to be introduced by Lightning legend Dave Andreychuk put the cart — er, carriage — before the horse.
At first it looked like just another interview, with house DJ "Brittany" getting Andreychuk to talk about how neat it was for the team to make the one-hour trek down Interstate 4 to play in downtown O-Town. But then Brittany suggested that the former Bolts captain had another announcement to make.
But before Andreychuk could get a word out, the state-of-the-art Jumbotron rolled early with this graphic: "Holly Will You Marry Me?"
The message went up again: "Holly Will You Marry Me?"
At this point, one expected to see a boyfriend on bended knee somewhere in the arena, his giddy girlfriend fluttering her hands at this incredible (and incredibly staged) declaration of his love.
And yet … nothing.
Finally the big screen showed a man in a suit hurrying down the stairs looking like he missed the morning train. But he had a big smile and Holly, waiting at her seat in the lower bowl, had an even bigger one. She said yes. The two embraced.
Then the Jumbotron called their parents and told them the couple was pregnant. (Joking!)
Just another reason we are the Jumbotron Generation.
In the end, it was a portrait of romance: a sea of empty seats, the glow of the Doritos ads on the arena screens, the panting and sweating guy in a suit clutching a girl in a Marty St. Louis jersey. Bliss, really.
Congrats and good luck to the happy couple. And keep Dave Andreychuk in mind for the honeymoon — dude was a great stickhandler near the goal-mouth. Also, he's probably good at sex.