Tagliani is a hit at Lightning game

Posted on: March 8, 2011 | Comments(3) | Drivers | By: Arni

Alex Tagliani was surprised by the number of Canadians who showed up to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning play host to the Washington Capitals in an NHL game March 7.

“There are a lot of people speaking French here,” said Tagliani, who led the crowd at St. Pete Times Forum in yelling “let’s play hockey” just before the puck dropped.

Alex Tagliani meets with a family of fans from his homeland in Quebec.

One such group of French-speaking fans, the La Fortune family, was first in line to meet the Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver. The family was vacationing in Florida from their home in St. Roche de L’Achigan, Quebec, which isn’t far from Tagliani’s home of Lechanaie, Quebec.

“Living five minutes from Alex’s hometown, I know who he is,” said Patrick La Fortune. “It’s very nice to get to meet him and get his autograph.”

Another Tagliani fan, Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Road Show member C.J. Miller, took the opportunity to enlist Tagliani in his planned marriage proposal.

Miller had Tagliani sign a hero card with the message: “Tracy, will you please marry C.J?”

“She told me to come up with an original way to propose,” Miller said. “I thought this was pretty original.”

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  1. Pierre Luc on March 9, 2011 10:01 am
    Pierre Luc

    Tag is the greatest for promotion’s assignements.
    Québec is proud of Alexandre Tagliani

  2. Lorraine on March 14, 2011 11:42 am
    Lorraine

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Alex every year at the Indy in Toronto – he always takes the time to talk to his fans and pose for pictures and sign autographs. A true gentleman in every way. As a fellow Canadian I am extremely proud of Alex!

  3. Capt CJ Miller on March 14, 2011 12:10 pm
    Capt CJ Miller

    Thanks Once again Alex Tagliani for helping out with the original plan it was a surprise and she said yes so thanks for the help and see you in St.Pete

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