Valentine's Day contest putting love at center ice
Steve and Tammy Boucher, married 11 years, will compete for the chance to renew their vows. (/Union Leader)
First, the two couples selected as finalists will have to compete for the honor. The feat? A Lady and the Tramp-style doughnut-eating contest during the first period, when the Monarchs host the Worcester Sharks at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
"This is pretty much the best Valentine's Day idea ever," laughed Steve Boucher of Pembroke, a Monarchs fan since the first game. "My wife will tell you she's a Monarchs fan, and a Monarchs widow."
They will vie for the vows with SallyAnn and Marc Trepanier of Merrimack, whose first date was at a Utica Devils hockey game. They have been married 25 years.
This Valentine's Day will be a time to "share our love of hockey," said SallyAnn Trepanier. "I've never seen anything on the ice like this before," she said. "It'll be fun. Probably a little bit nervous — I don't really know what to expect."
Couples had a week to submit entries saying why they should be chosen for the honor. The staff at the Monarchs and Bellman's narrowed the contestants to five finalists. Photos and stories of each were posted on Bellman's Facebook page for a week until the two couples with the most likes were selected.
"I'm going to inject a little humor into the vows," said Morin, hinting that he has in mind a little adaptation of "The Newlywed Game."
Stay tuned: Game time is 7 p.m.
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