He'd played hockey on the pond, then popped her the question

  • Updated: January 20, 2012 - 10:57 PM

Wisconsin pond hockey player shoots and scores with wedding proposal.

Ryan Fuelleman brought a little something extra in his hockey bag for his fifth trip to the U.S. Pond Hockey tournament underway on Lake Nokomis. After his Shock the Nation team from Beloit, Wis., lost 15-6 Friday on Rink 17, the team gathered on center ice for a group photo with girlfriends and family.

Then everyone backed away. Fuelleman dropped to his kneepad and popped the question. Julie Heim, rendered nearly speechless, managed to say "yes." Friday was the middle-school teacher's 27th birthday.

"This doesn't feel like real life," she said afterward.

Fuelleman, a 32-year-old chiropractor, smuggled the ring in his hockey bag -- the gem at the center of the ring's three diamonds came from his new fiancée's great-grandmother Gertrude Denner's ring.

"He woke me up at midnight about a month ago, calling to ask if I thought it would be a good idea to propose at the pond hockey tournament," said Geri Heim, the soon-to-be mother of the bride.

Fuelleman shrugged. They'd met years ago when he played hockey with Julie's brother and reconnected in 2008.

"She almost loves coming here more than me, so I figured it wouldn't be a bad place to do it," he said. "Took care of everything in one shot."

CURT BROWN

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