Who Is Nic Kerdiles? What to Know About Savannah Chrisley's New Fiancé

Nic Kerdiles, a professional hockey player for the Winnipeg Jets, proposed to Savannah Chrisley on Dec. 24

Savannah Chrisley and professional hockey player Nic Kerdiles are engaged — and their love story is everything we’d hope for!

On Dec. 24, Kerdiles, who plays for the Winnipeg Jets, proposed to Chrisley in front of family and friends in Nashville. And though he pulled off the ultimate Christmas Eve surprise, Chrisley wasn’t shocked by his efforts because the 25-year-old Orange County, California, native has always been a romantic at heart.

“[When we first started dating], he took me to a really nice dinner in San Diego, sat me down and was like, ‘I don’t really do this, but will you be my girlfriend?’ And I was like, ‘You just asked me to be your girlfriend!’ In the grand scheme of things, yeah, it’s pretty cute. But like, no one does that anymore,” Chrisley, 21, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

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“I mean, he’s just so calm and that’s the huge difference,” adds Chrisley. “I grew up in a crazy house and I’m crazy, so to have someone that’s calm and balances me out, it’s great. We like to say I’m my dad [Todd Chrisley] and Nic is my mom [Julie Chrisley]. That’s kind of the same dynamics there, so it’s kind of cool.”

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In January 2018, the reality TV star introduced Kerdiles, who previously played for the San Diego Gulls, to fans for the first time with a sweet birthday shout-out.

“HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the kindest, funniest, loving, most selfless person @nickerdiles ☺️ I hope you have the most amazing day ever! and I’m sorry I can’t be there 😣” she wrote on Instagram.

“But I do wanna take a second to say…It’s kinda crazy how God works! After spending months of focusing on ME…you came along,” she continued about their relationship.

“Thank you for always putting a smile on my face even when we’re thousands of miles away from each other! Thank you for respecting me the way that all men should respect women…and above all else…thank you for your selfless, patient, kind, and loving heart!!” she wrote, and added, “You’re a good one! ❤️ Oh…and that smile!!!😍 You can kill me later for that last video 😂 Happy Birthday!!😍🤪🎁🎈🎂.”

Nic Kerdiles and Savannah Chrisley. Courtesy Nicole Balsamo
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Though Kerdiles has been playing hockey since he was a child, Chrisley says the athlete is “taking a step back” after numerous injuries.

“He’s in Nashville and he actually got his real estate license last summer,” she tells PEOPLE of her fiancé.

Adds Chrisley, “He’s focusing a lot on that and he’ll be in Chrisley Knows Best in season 7. So, it’s kind of just transitioning and working on our life together and just kind of incorporating him into my world.”

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