Phaneuf pops the question to Cuthbert in New Glasgow

Dave Stewart
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The happy couple staged a surprise engagement party for friends and family in a private room at the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers on Sunday night.

Elisha Cuthbert and Dion Phaneuf

The engagement party was held on P.E.I. so let the speculation begin as to where the wedding will be.

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, a summer resident on P.E.I., and long-time girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert are engaged to be married. The happy couple staged a surprise engagement party for friends and family in a private room at the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers on Sunday night.

Mike Forrest, manager of the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, said Tuesday the staff had no idea.

“We found out basically at the same time as all the guests found out,’’ he said.

Cuthbert, 29, is no stranger to the public eye. The actress has starred in the former hit series 24 with Keifer Sutherland and is currently appearing in the ABC sitcom Happy Endings.

Cuthbert tweeted “Happily, happily, happily, happily engaged!’’ shortly after the announcement. “This has been the most amazing weekend ever.’’

The couple has been dating since 2008.

Forrest said the couple made the reservation for Sunday’s special announcement about a week ago.

“We weren’t aware of anything with regards to wedding or an engagement. That was their celebration. They had friends and family who were here.’’

Forrest said there was no talk about when the big day will be or where the couple will exchange vows but there’s little doubt the Maple Leafs defenceman has a special place in his heart for New Glasgow.

“Dion has dined with us throughout the summer over the last few years. He’s definitely no stranger to us here at the suppers but, as a business, we’re very privileged to have the honour of them being here.

“They’re a private couple. We’re just very privileged and honoured they chose our location to celebrate with friends and family on their special moment.’’

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Organizations: Toronto Maple Leafs

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • to Piet
    September 07, 2012 - 16:23

    Leaf fan? Or just a big marriage fan?

  • Piet Hein
    September 05, 2012 - 19:06

    Hey DM, Blah, Blah, Blah, Sighs, tell us what it is like to be some of life's little losers.

  • JVB
    September 05, 2012 - 17:50

    I always ask myself what is wrong with Islanders like you SIGHS! Is your life that sad that you need to bring down the lives of others or the quality of The Guardian? BOTH Mr Phaneuf and Ms Cuthbert are two wonderful people who have given much more to society than you ever even dreamed of! They are huge supporters of programs like Sick Kids and have made countless donations to studies for several different types of cancers and sicknesses. I hope that you and your family appreciate what people like this young couple do for us, the general public, and realize that being jealous and petty of their status is just a statement of how sad and pathetic your life actually is! CONGRATS TO BOTH OF YOU ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND PLEASE IGNORE THE CLOSEMINDEDNESS OF SOME ISLANDERS....THERE ARE STILL SOME OF US THAT CAN BE HAPPY FOR TWO GREAT SOULS. A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER FOR BOTH OF YOU!

  • just saying
    September 05, 2012 - 16:11

    Fleury got married this summer. I dont recall that being in the Guardian. And he has a Maritime connection, having been a Screaming Eagle goalie. N ot that marriage or engagement stories are that stirriing news wise.

  • dm
    September 05, 2012 - 13:37

    maybe the engagement was over rated a lot like his hockey career, and yes i am jealous of him cus he's got Elisha Cuthbert, not because he's on the leafs no one in their right mind would want to play for them, i wonder if sean avery will get an invite

  • Brian Burke
    September 05, 2012 - 08:43

    Anytime after the regular season should be fine for a wedding date.

  • blah blah blah
    September 05, 2012 - 08:26

    Two years left on his contract. Within the next 24 months either a trade or free agent signing with the LA Kings or Anaheim Ducks and including a no-trade clause. He currently doesn't have a no trade clause. Trade him to Columbus for two years. Might learn to be respectful after 3 poor years trying to lead the Leafs

  • Ulfric
    September 05, 2012 - 08:04

    Funny how we get the news days later even though it happen here in PEI. Seriously, I read this days ago on bleacher report, an amateur site for writers

  • LEafsfan
    September 05, 2012 - 06:48

    Dion, hope this doesn't mean a trade to LA Kings in the near future.....

  • Uncle Wally
    September 05, 2012 - 05:58

    So, an Edmonton boy and a Calgary girl proclaim their love on PEI. There's something very comforting about that - perhaps it's just a Gentle Island type of thing? May they both find peace and happiness and may they both use their talents and influence to better themselves and others.

    • LA
      September 05, 2012 - 14:36

      Wally: It's because both his parents are from Summerside and he has family here.

    • Piet Hein
      September 05, 2012 - 19:12

      Uncle Wally, what a moron. Read (if you can) the comment from LA. it explains what you should know if you are going to take cheap shots.

  • Sighs
    September 05, 2012 - 00:15

    Seriously... why is this the first story when I come here.. who cares... Most overrated hockey player in the nhl asked a D-list "celeberty" Woopty Doo

    • Ulfric
      September 05, 2012 - 10:47

      Anyone who takes solidarity in those Sports Illustrated lists is as gullible as they come.

    • dm
      September 05, 2012 - 14:53

      i don't need sports illustrated to tell me he's overrated i knew he was way before they came out with that player poll thing i watched him play since he started nothing special, why does he get 5 million well maybe that will get answered come the next lock out in a couple months

    • JVB
      September 05, 2012 - 17:49

      I always ask myself what is wrong with Islanders like you SIGHS! Is your life that sad that you need to bring down the lives of others or the quality of The Guardian? BOTH Mr Phaneuf and Ms Cuthbert are two wonderful people who have given much more to society than you ever even dreamed of! They are huge supporters of programs like Sick Kids and have made countless donations to studies for several different types of cancers and sicknesses. I hope that you and your family appreciate what people like this young couple do for us, the general public, and realize that being jealous and petty of their status is just a statement of how sad and pathetic your life actually is! CONGRATS TO BOTH OF YOU ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND PLEASE IGNORE THE CLOSEMINDEDNESS OF SOME ISLANDERS....THERE ARE STILL SOME OF US THAT CAN BE HAPPY FOR TWO GREAT SOULS. A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER FOR BOTH OF YOU!