It is the best of times for Edmonton Oilers superstar center Connor McDavid. In addition to sweeping the NHL's top awards for the 2022-2023 season and leading his team to the Western Conference Semifinals, the 26-year-old managed to squeeze in a romantic marriage proposal to his long-time girlfriend, Lauren Kyle.
Kyle, who is the founder of Edmonton-based Kyle and Co. Design, turned to Instagram last Thursday to share a series of pics from their engagement, including a close-up shot of her pear-shaped diamond ring set on a delicate, split-shank yellow gold band.
Her caption read, "22.06.23 was the best day of my life. I cannot put into words how happy I am to be spending the rest of our lives together. Almost 8 years of growth, happiness and so much love and I can’t believe we have so much more to look forward to."
In the post punctuated by a Loudly Crying Face emoji and White Heart emoji, Kyle, 27, added that she knew David was her person from the day they met.
"I can’t wait for the beautiful life we are going to create together," she continued. "Thank you for the most thoughtful, picture perfect proposal that I could never have imagined. I love you more than anything."
Along with the proposal shots, she included a pic of their beloved miniature bernedoodle named Lenard (The pooch has 19,000 Instagram followers).
In an Instagram post seen by his one million followers, McDavid shared similar pics and wrote, “Excited to see what our future holds. You are the most loving, passionate and amazing person. I am a very lucky man.”
And the week got even better for the former #1 draft pick.
On Monday, he swept the top individual honors at the NHL Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. He scooped up the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL Players' Association's most outstanding player.
Late in April, the Oilers captain won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion as well as the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer. The talented playmaker led his Oilers to a first-round playoff victory against the Los Angeles Kings, but lost in the Conference Semifinals to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights.
McDavid's memorable 2022-2023 season included career highs in goals (64), points (153) and assists (89). He became only the third player in NHL history to lead the league in each of those scoring categories.
According to published reports, the couple met by chance eight years ago when they reportedly bumped into each other at the wrong location while trying to find a mutual friend's birthday party. They currently share an estate in Edmonton that was designed by Kyle. The home is so spectacular that it was featured in the pages of Architectural Digest.
Credits: Images via Instagram.com / laurenkyle1.