April 27, 2016 - 6:00 PM
KELOWNA – What a difference a game makes.
Kelowna chiropractor Christian Brix was just two-tenths of a second from having to leave Kelowna, but thanks to a buzzer-beating goal by the Kelowna Rockets in game seven against the Victoria Royals last week, he gets to stay and his long-distance girlfriend will be moving here.
That’s because Brix and his girlfriend, Victoria resident Jennifer Dyck, decided to let fate and hockey players decide where they would set up their new life together.
“Three weeks before the (Royals and Rockets) series started we decided that whichever team went further, the other person would move,” he says. “We didn’t realize they would literally meet up in the playoffs.”
Brix and Dyck met in Victoria at a health seminar and hit it off instantly. They kept in touch by text and soon became a couple.
“It’s going so well,” he says. “She’s an amazing woman and I’m lucky to have met her. Things moved quicker than they normally would in a relationship… but you really get to know someone talking on the phone.”
The bet started off as a joke, he says, but with the series tied and the Royals leading 2-0 in the third period of the seventh game, Brix was starting to think he’d have to leave the city he has come to love.
“When I decided to leave Calgary eight years ago it was between Kelowna and Victoria, ironically,” he says. “I had spent some weekends here and with the weather, the water and the proximity to Big White, it was a no-brainer.”
Brix says throughout game seven, Dyck was was getting more and more confident.
“She was really cocky at the start of the third,” he says. “I was in a meeting but she was texting me play-by-plays with a lot of confidence.”
The Rockets trailed 2-0 in the third period and things were not looking good for Brix. But Justin Kirkland scored once and then again with just 0.2 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime.
“She texted me and said ‘Oh my god,’” he says. “Her parents knew about the bet and... her dad was like ‘ok, see ya.’”
Six minutes into the first overtime period, Calvin Thurkauf scored, the Rockets won and Dyck’s fate was sealed.
Brix says they don’t plan to rush the move, and Dyck will not be leaving Victoria any time soon, but Brix is enjoying his dramatic, come-from-behind win nonetheless.
“The deal is when she moves here she’s allowed to keep cheering for the Royals but the goal will be getting her to become a Rockets fan. She says that will never happen but we’ll see. I love Kelowna and she will too.”
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