Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich has carved out a nice NHL career for himself. He may not be a star player that commands a lot of ink in the sports pages like teammate Alex Ovechkin, but he sure will have the attention of the celebrity gossip magazines if he didn’t already.
The Caps center announced along with girlfriend, actress and dancer Julianne Hough, that the couple is now engaged. The pair made simultaneous announcements on Twitter and Instagram to share their big news with their fans.
— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) August 18, 2015
They sure look happy about it.
The pair has been together more than a year and they were apparently introduced by actor Teddy Sears, as Laich told a D.C. radio station last year (via People.com):
“On set, apparently, [Sears] was talking with Julianne … and then asked her if she’d been seeing anyone, and she said no or whatever,” Laich recalls. “And I guess he was watching our hockey game … on Game Center on his iPad. I guess he just showed her the iPad and said, ‘Well I’ve got a guy for you,’ or something.”
Hough, who was one of the breakout stars of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and has appeared in such movies as Rock of Ages and Footloose (the new one), joined Laich on the ice for the family skate ahead of the Winter Classic last year. It turns out the quick feet on the dance floor translated pretty well to the ice, too.