Hell Just Froze Over

Houston's first female hockey team gives new meaning to the term "body check"

But instead of shooting, Santini skates toward Pam. He pulls a ring out of his pants. He proposes. She accepts.

The spectators cheer. The players can't cheer -- their mouth guards prevent it -- but they thump their sticks as if the Harpies had scored a winning goal in a tournament.

Lea says it's the first time she has ever seen a proposal at a Harpies game. She's surprised, but only a little; she didn't know the couple was that serious. Founding a relationship on hockey seems perfectly reasonable to her. "Some of our men might end up marrying a woman who doesn't play, or isn't seriously into hockey," she says. "But I can't imagine any of our women doing that."

E-mail Lisa Gray at lisagray@alumni.rice.edu.

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