Molly I., a sophomore high school student from Baltimore, MD, attended the Capitals-Islanders game Friday with three of her hockey-loving friends: Sydney, Catherine, and Morgan. They all brought signs for warmups.
“We had brought a poster to a previous game,” Molly said. “All the players were pointing and laughing. We even got Eller to wink at us. We just like to have fun.”
Encouraged, they decided to step up their sign game and all hold up something clever along the glass.
I love you Tom Wilson, my boyfriend says it’s ok read one.
My ex-boyfriend was an Islanders fan, it just didn’t work out read another.
Before I turn 18 I want to see the Caps win the Stanley cup, see the banner raised, and get a puck read a third.
But it was Molly’s sign that got the attention of Jakub Vrana.
Molly used her poster to ask the 22-year-old, third-year forward to prom.
The sign said Hey #13 – Prom? If not, cant I have a puck?.
“Vrana is my favorite player because he has really stepped up this season and he has great potential,” Molly said. “Also, 13 is my lucky number.”
During warmups, the girls held up their signs and documented the reactions of the players. They caught Vrana subtly look over.
“He was laughing with a bunch of the other players too,” Molly said. “Then he was teasing with the puck by toying around and doing stick skills in front of me.”
Finally towards the end of warmups, Vrana came over and tossed a puck to Molly.
The Caps fan jumped up and down and let out a huge smile.
“It was amazing! My heart was racing and he was laughing at me the whole warm-up,” Molly said. “Once he threw the puck I was so ecstatic and barely caught the puck, I really didn’t. It’s one of my dreams to meet him, so when he threw me the puck I was so happy!”
I asked Molly if she had something she’d want to tell Vrana if he read this hockey blog.
“Thanks for the puck! I’m such a big fan of yours and keep scoring goals!!!” she said. “And if you want to go to prom, the offer still stands!”
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