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Fan Thinks Outside the Box With Rangers Prom Proposal

by Matthew Calamia / New York Rangers

Well no one can say Chris Cafiero wasn’t creative when asking his girlfriend to senior prom.

Rather than simply asking his girlfriend, Isabel Pocock, to Gulford High School’s prom on June 3, Cafiero, a lifelong Rangers fan, thought outside the box and came up with a banner filled with Blueshirt puns to pop the question.

“I was away in Cape Cod and I was just with my friends and I was figuring out how to ask her,” Cafiero said in a phone interview Tuesday. After seeing a similar proposal by a Blackhawks fan on in the internet, the creative juices began to flow.

Using last names like Nash, Staal and Stepan, the 18-year-old enlisted the help of friends to design a banner that was hung on Pocock’s garage door. When she arrived home, he came out with flowers and waited for the answer he was hoping for.

“She was pretty shocked because of how big it was,” Cafiero said, with a laugh. “I went to her house and waited for her to come home. I hid and when she saw it I jumped out.

“She was really happy,” Cafiero said, admitting that she knew the question was coming after dating for three years, but appreciated the effort all the same.

Cafiero, who played high school hockey, said he’s been a Rangers fan his entire life, and has gotten Pocock, 17, on board as well. He said Henrik Lundqvist is both of their favorite player.

The two felt a rush of fame on Tuesday when Cafiero sent a tweet to the Rangers’ official Twitter account, which was then retweeted. He said throughout the day, friends texted him screenshots of the retweet.

“That was amazing,” he said. “It was really unexpected. I still can’t believe it when I see my picture and my girlfriend on the Rangers’ account.”

“She was really happy,” Cafiero added. “She was like ‘oh my god, we’re famous.’”

Will the Rangers theme end now that she said yes? Cafiero is holding out some hope that he’ll be able to wear a Rangers bow-tie with his suit on one condition.

“If it matches her dress, which I think it does.”

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