Airman First Class Josh Godin, who is on a six-year assignment to Germany, is set to marry his fiancée Kati McCabe on April 4.
Godin, on a two-week leave, reached out to the Tampa Bay Lightning and decided to surprise his fiancée a few days early.
McCabe was attending the Lightning game Tuesday night at Amalie Arena for a last-season tilt against the Florida Panthers.
During a break in the game, McCabe was selected for a contest to win an autographed stick. All she had to do was name four out of the seven action movie stars shown on the team’s center-ice video board.
After correctly identifying Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, McCabe was shown a picture of her fiancé. With a rather bewildered look, McCabe said “Josh Gobin” and was told to turn around.
Directly behind her was Gobin, who quickly hugged his soon-t0-be wife in front of a sold-out crowd.
Watch the entire video on Video.Lightning.NHL.com.
Tuesday’s clever ruse was not the first time the Tampa Bay Lightning have helped military members surprise their loved ones.