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Ont. hockey player gets married at centre ice

Luke Hendry, QMI Agency

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ont. -- The puck may stop here, but the marriage has just begun.

Well-known local hockey player and coach Kelly Sage, 33, wed fiance Andrew McCracken, 26, in true Canadian style Saturday: At centre ice in her home arena.

Born and raised in the eastern Ontario village that in 2012 was named Kraft Hockeyville, Sage plays for the Belleville Bearcats and coaches the Stirling Blues team on which she spent much of her youth.

So shortly after 6 p.m., Sage entered a dressing room, pulled on some colourful socks, and laced up her well-scuffed skates.

"It just seemed appropriate," she said in a pre-wedding interview.

The Sages are a hockey family. Dad Grant coached and mom Nancy managed the teams on which both Kelly and brother Gary played, often at the same time.

Kelly and her father skated to centre ice, where the groom - in kilt and skates - waited.

"I think she's actually doing most of the skating. I'm just hanging on for dear life," McCracken said earlier. He played hockey as boy but readily admitted his wife is the better player and skater.

And while he knew standing on ice while wearing a kilt would be rather cool, he wasn't worried.

"I think my nerves or my excitement will keep the temperature at bay."

Padre Wayne Swallows of McCracken's 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment at CFB Petawawa presided over the service. He wore a referee's uniform and spoke from a lectern draped in a Stirling Blues jersey.

About 30 family and close friends sat in chairs on the ice, which was shaved but not flooded to provide better traction.

The rest of the guests, many in hockey jerseys, sat in the stands.

During the post-service wedding session, Grant Sage put on a Montreal Canadiens jersey while McCracken put on a Leafs jersey. They held a fighting pose for photographers; no penalty was called on the play.

The couple's honeymoon will include the National Hockey League's Winter Classic game in Washington, D.C.


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