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WHL: ‘You may kiss the goalie’; Couple weds amid Teddy Bear Toss

The bride wore white. The groom wore a goalie mask.

Who says December is not a big month for weddings? Certainly none of the nearly 11,000 fans in Portland who bore witness to seeing artist Lulu Moonwood and chiropractor Dr. Robert Murakami declare their commitment on Saturday night — right after the Teddy Bear toss goal.

What was their inspiration? Murakami, who had family in from Minnesota and Hawai'i for the ceremony, is an avid hockey player who told Portland's Fox 12 Oregon (watch the video here) that he proposed to Moonwood at rink.

"I just was thrilled that he did that with the team all around and his friends and everything. It was ... perfect."

The twist was that the nuptials ("you may kiss the goalie") were performed while the Winterhawks players, staffers, and volunteers were gathering up the spoils from the team's Teddy Bear Toss.

When Canadian world junior team hopeful Ty Rattie scored, it was time to 'Ty' the knot. Here's the bride:

"I thought we were going to have the ceremony during one of the intermissions. But no. Just whenever they score their first goal, that's when we have to get on the ice so we have to be ready."

Their first wedding present? Rattie presented the couple with the puck used to score the goal.

"They got to have a lot of guts to do that. I thought it was cool so I was thinking the goal should go to them and hopefully they treasure it."

Hopefully so did everyone in attendance.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet (photo: Portland Winterhawks; video: Fox 12 Oregon.

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