Audience members at this weekend's game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs got a heart-warming surprise when intermission featured an on-the-ice proposal. (Quick side-note: NHL team names are delightfully random. Senators? Leafs? Why not!) This one, though, was probably a bit different from the average sports-game question popping: as Maple Leafs fan Alicia waited blindfolded in the middle of the rink, her girlfriend, Senators fan Christina, came out to ask for her hand. Luckily for Christina, Alicia said yes despite their different team allegiances, and the Senators mascot — a lion called "Spartacat," and not a Scottish yeti as I'd originally thought — held up a sign to let the spectators know.
And, probably the sweetest part of this video, the crowd went crazy for the happy couple:
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for almost eight years now, and it's nice to see how couples like Christina and Alicia are becoming part of the everyday fabric of life. I would hope that in one of the many U.S. states with same-sex marriage, we could see a similar event, but I'm not going to hold my breath. If you know of any examples, please correct me in the comments. But for now, we can enjoy this somewhat schmaltzy moment courtesy of our neighbors to the north.