It's been a good few weeks for Quebec NHL player Nicolas Aubé-Kubel, who won (and dropped) the Stanley Cup, presumably did some extended subsequent celebrating, and then capped it off by proposing to his girlfriend against a backdrop of 4th-of-July fireworks.
Aubé-Kubel shared the news via an appropriately memorable Instagram post, in which the first photo shows him on one knee in front of his girlfriend, Madison Fidler, backlit by exploding fireworks. (The second photo shows the couple kissing, so presumably Fidler said yes.)
His caption for the post will make perfect sense to hockey fans but might confuse everyone else: “now we both get rings” is likely not a reference to the traditional ring exchange at a future ceremony, but rather to the Stanley Cup ring Aubé-Kubel will get to commemorate the Colorado Avalanche's win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Aubé-Kubel’s Stanley Cup drop was captured for posterity during the celebratory moments following the Avalanche’s Game 6 win on June 26. Though some diehards might describe the mishap as sacrilege, history suggests that joyful pro athletes seem to drop it pretty often.
Narcity Québec reports that Aubé-Kubel and Fidler have been seeing each other since 2019.
Aubé-Kubel was born in Alberta but grew up in Sorel-Tracy — the accent-aigu and the hyphenated surname surely confirm that Quebec gets bragging rights.