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’ ” But when they made the connection that they had both attended Sunshine Preschool at the exact same time, Giberson realized Justin’s crush might have actually been her.“We asked our parents to dig up any preschool photos they had,” she says.Remembering the Past It wasn’t until two weeks ago – almost exactly a year after their first date – that the couple found out they had known each other as kids.Giberson says the two grew up in the same area but had no mutual friends, and they didn t think they had ever run into one another.“We were in the car and Justin casually mentioned that he loved my name because he had had a crush on a girl named Amy in his preschool,” she says.“Then I joked to him, ‘Well, it’s not me, so I don t want to hear about her!And after a year of dating, the couple realized they had once been childhood sweethearts in their hometown of St. Love At First Sight Although it’s been three decades since Giberson and Pounders left Sunshine Preschool, former owner and teacher Diane Twar clearly remembers their fondness for one another.“They had a blast with each other,” Twar tells PEOPLE. They liked each other from afar, it was a young love, like a sweet crush, you know?
The Lightning season runs from October to April with playoffs extending into June.
But at the age of 32, both found themselves back in St. A Modern Love Story Even though he didn t recognize his old flame, Pounders messaged Giberson the moment he came across her picture last November on the dating website.
“I saw her photo and for whatever reason, was instantly drawn to her,” he tells PEOPLE. I can’t explain it, but I knew I had to get to know this girl.” The two started texting and calling each other every night – unaware that they already knew each other – and planned their first date at a local restaurant.
During their 19 seasons at Amalie Arena, the Lightning have qualified for the playoffs eight times, gone to the Eastern Conference Final four times, made it to the Stanley Cup Final twice and hoisted the Stanley Cup once after defeating the Calgary Flames in seven games in 2004, the Bolts winning 2-1 in front of their home crowd in the decisive Game 7.
A statue of former captain Dave Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup to commemorate the Lightning’s lone championship greets visitors at the entrance to Ford Thunder Alley outside Amalie Arena.