The Ottawa Senators were eclipsed by U.S. country singer Carrie Underwood at a charity ball in Gatineau, Que., on Monday night.
Underwood showed up with her fiancé, Senators centre Mike Fisher, at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Convention Centre for the Bell Sens Soirée, an annual charity ball put on by the Sens Foundation. It was the couple's first public appearance together since their engagement in December.
When Fisher stepped up to the microphone to say a few words about the event with Underwood at his side, the couple drew machine-gun like volleys of flashbulbs. After his remarks, the couple struck a cuddly pose together for the cameras.
At one point in the evening, Fisher took a turn as dealer at one of the blackjack tables.
Monday's fundraiser, themed "Carnival Mystique — Fame, Fortune and Mystery," was billed as a chance to mingle with Senators players during a night of dinner and entertainment. About 700 people paid $450 a person or $4,000 per table of 10 to attend, raising money for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CSSS de Gatineau Foundation, Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Roger's House and Rotary Home.
The event raised $325,000, the Sens Foundation reported Tuesday.
The group uses its affiliation with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club to raise money for charities, mainly focused on children and youth, in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
Underwood and Fisher were engaged shortly before Christmas. The 26-year-old Nashville-based singer and the 29-year-old hockey star from Peterborough, Ont., had met through a mutual friend more than a year earlier.