Sean Avery Engaged to Hilary Rhoda
11/13/2013 AT 01:00 PM EST
The former NHL star and his model girlfriend of three years, Hilary Rhoda, "are very happy to announce our engagement," the couple tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"We are excited to plan the most beautiful and fun wedding that we could ever imagine," they also said.
Avery and Rhoda began dating in 2010 and were reportedly on and off before becoming more serious about their romance in the spring of 2013.
The pair are planning to wed sometime next year and are "thinking of Jamaica," according to a source.
Avery, 33 – who played for the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers during his 12-year NHL career – is also a former Vogue intern.
His bride-to-be, 26, is best known for her work with Estée Lauder and appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2009, 2010 and 2011.