"In the presence of almighty God, our family, our friends and the entire Thrasher Nation, I take you Cindy to be my wife ..."
Has there ever been a more poetic declaration of matrimonial bliss? OK, probably ... but what about in an on-ice wedding ceremony during an NHL game?
Atlanta Thrashers season-ticket holders Cindy and David Pritchard were married during the first intermission of Thursday night's 3-2 shootout win over the Boston Bruins; he in his Thrashers jersey, her in a Thrashers-print dress (that on television looked uncomfortably like a large beach towel). What, no Jersey Fouls?
The real ceremony took place in the Zamboni entrance to the ice rink. The Blue Crew acted as bridesmaids, and the Hits Crew were the groomsmen. Mascot Thrash walked Cynthia down the aisle, and in-house host J. Bird was David's best man.
Thanks goodness the Thrashers mascot cleared up his legal entanglements before the ceremony. That stolen Zamboni/police chase business was like something out of "The Hangover."
Here's the ceremony and an interview with the couple between periods. It's pretty straightforward for the first 2 minutes, but stick around for the surreal post-smooch walk down through arching hockey sticks and T-shirt cannons ... as well as the bouquet toss to the ice girls.
Raise your hand if you are at all surprised this was the groom's idea? Sportsnet in Canada acted as if this was a strange alien ritual:
Say what you will about this blessed event, but having a giant plush bird give away the bride, a goal horn blaring after your kiss and Zamboni rides after the ceremony make for a great wedding album. We're just disappointed the minister didn't ask if there was anyone who objected to this couple getting hitched, because that question in front of roughly 17,600 puckheads would have been YouTube gold.
All of this leads to a few questions for the Puck Daddy readership: Would you ever get married during a hockey game? Would you ever get, or have you ever gotten, engaged at a hockey game?
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