Canada’s favourite power skating couple are ready to sign a long-term contract.
Three-time Olympic gold medal figure skater Tessa Virtue confirmed on Tuesday that she is engaged to Toronto Maple Leafs star defenceman and West Vancouver native Morgan Rielly. Virtue dropped the news on Shantelle Bisson’s Without Losing Your Cool podcast.
The two great skaters made a heartwarming impression on Canadians in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when their relationship became public. In March of 2020, Virtue was making an appearance on an Instagram Live video hosted by Max Kerman, lead singer of the band Arkells. A few minutes into their chat, Rielly popped into view, raising eyebrows across the country.
The pair joked about doing killer core workouts together and escaping into the North Shore mountains for social distancing hikes.
The duo confirmed their status as a couple that cares a few months later, when they teamed up to donate 1,070 lunches to health-care workers across the North Shore.
Virtue, of course, captured Canada’s hearts with her ice dance partner Scott Moir, with many judging them to be the best ice dance partnership of all time. They retired from competitive skating in 2019.
And Rielly has been a rock for the Maple Leafs since he was drafted fourth overall by the team in 2012, racking up 390 points in 677 career games. He recently missed 15 games due to a knee injury but returned to the lineup Dec. 29.