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Giroux's sister engaged at Winter Classic

by Arpon Basu

Claude Giroux got an interesting phone call a few days before Sunday's Phildelphia Flyers practice for the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

It was his sister Isabelle's boyfriend, Eric, and he was looking for some advice.

"I'm going to propose to your sister, when should I do it?" he asked Giroux.

"Just do it on the ice," was Giroux's response.

So when the Flyers finished practice Sunday and their families were permitted to go for a little skate at Citizens Bank Park, Eric came prepared to pop the big question. Except it took him some time to build up the nerve.

"He was skating around for like half an hour," Giroux told NHL Network. "He was all nervous, he didn't know how to do it."

Finally, he got down on one knee right in the middle of the ice and asked the big question.

A stunned Isabelle said yes.

It was the second consecutive year a marriage proposal took place on the Winter Classic ice. Last year in Pittsburgh, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green helped get a longtime friend onto the ice for the family skate so that he could propose to his girlfriend.
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