NHL Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

08/04/14

Matt Martin's girlfriend is Boomer Esiason's daughter Sydney Esiason

 

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Matt Martin's girlfriend Sydney Esiason is mixing her stellar football genes with strong, Canadian ones. She's got the genetic ladle in hand, and the potential offspring is likely to be easy on the eyes if things progress. Sydney Esiason is, of course, the very lovely daughter of Boomer Esiason, who we all know as one of the great left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history and founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which raises money for research for Muscular Dystrophy. Oh, and Matt Martin is a guy who plays on the New York Islanders.

Sydney's twitter provides an interesting journey into her blonde world. We learn that she frequently implies she's not smart enough to know something or "too blonde" to figure something out, but we also learn that she's friends with the very hot Kristy Rosenberg. Apparently Islander girlfriends stick together, as Kristy Rosenberg is the girlfriend of Casey Cizikas, a fellow New York Islander and Matt Martin's teammate (whom remains lucky enough to call Sydney his girlfriend). Sometimes I wonder how the Islanders get people into their arena who actually want to watch them play. I guess there's enough people on Long Island to get bored and wander into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Sydney herself is a New Yorker at heart, as she states, but she graduated from Boston College and grew up in Cincinnati, so I guess she just means she likes to associate with really rude, jaded people? That could be it.

Matt himself is okay as a player. He gets around 11-14 points per season and has played on the Islanders since he entered the NHL in 2009-- only once getting sent down to play with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. That must've been a scary moment for him. My guess is they met somewhere in a club, Matt told his soon-to-be girlfriend Sydney that he was a pro hockey player, and Sydney ate up the competitive confidence that oozes out of such men. Matt does hold the very cool record for most hits in a single season with 374. That's intense.

06/14/14

Is Alec Martinez's girlfriend Molly McGrath?

 

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After scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal in double OT, the sports spotlight turned it's glean upon Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. After scoring the clinching goals in both the Western Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals within a month, Alec Martinez is riding high and people want to know more about him off the ice. While we covered plenty of interesting and beautiful Los Angeles Kings wives and girlfriends in recent weeks, rumors about Alec Martinez's girlfriend Molly McGrath were some we initially passed on.

But PlayerWives.com, you're supposed to cover all the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. What gives here?

Yes, collective amalgam of internet trolls, troublemakers and genuinely interested commenters,.... we are supposed to cover the WAGs of the sports world. Unfortunately when it comes to Alec Martinez and Molly McGrath, their relationship was based on wholly unsubstantiated internet rumors at best. Molly McGrath is a reporter for Fox Sports One, and as we've seen before, it can create problems with reporters date athletes (like when Boston hero Jenny Dell ultimately lost her job after publicly revealing her relationship with Red Sox Third Baseman Will Middlebrooks). Regardless, whether a conflict of interest, or really nothing there at al, there are virtually no details to Martinez and McGrath's rumored relationship.

Speaking on NESN, you can trace the FoxSportsOne studio host's roots back to the local Red Sox affiliate. McGrath began her career as an intern at NESN, and Boston NBC affiliate WHDH. After graduating from Boston college, she went on to work behind the scenes at ESPN, before catching her first on camera gig with the Boston Celtics as an in arena reporter and the Celtics Now pre game show on Comcast SportsNet New England. Her current gig is a little less New-Englandy as she's the cohost to America's Pregame on FS1, "Before every slam, Before every goal, Before every game -- Your night begins with America's Pregame. 6ET on @FOXSports1." If McGrath and Martinez ever did, or currently are dating, we certainly respect their decision to try to keep it quiet. Besides internet rumor, and loosely affiliated Facebook & Twitter followings to tie them together, we've seen nothing to support this one.

06/07/14

Benoit Pouliot's Girlfriend Isabel Deschamps

 

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Life’s tough on the road, bouncing around from city to city trying to scrape out a reputation so you can stay in the same place. Benoit Pouliot’s girlfriend Isabel Deschamps knows this all too well. Her man has had to go from team to team the past five years, playing on seven NHL squads and one in the AHL. Well, he’s carved out a little something for himself in the way of 36 points this past season with the Rangers, and his playoff output has been decent with 9 points and a +/- of 6.

The day after Ben scored his first ever OHL goal for the Sudbury Wolves, his father died of leukemia. He was only 19 years old. It was a tough time for Ben and his brothers, who also play hockey in various leagues outside the NHL. I’m thinking Mr. Pouliot will finally stick with the Rangers. His coach, Alain Vigneault, said early when they signed Benoit that he’d “only so many kicks at the can.” Translation: he’s got to prove himself. As a matter of fact, the $1.3 million deal that Benoit signed was viewed as risky when they inked the deal. Vigneault has said of Pouliot “Some players are a little bit harder to understand what gets them going and what makes them play.” This statement characterizes Pouliot’s troubles with other teams. He’s had erratic and inconsistent efforts and motivations, apparently.

But now it may all be coming together for the underdog. It all hinges on those 36 points. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Pouliot told the New York Daily News back in January,, “Our game is fast. Everything is go-go-go. I thought this would be a good fit for me, and it has been. Now it’s just a matter of consistency. They’ve given me a lot of chances. I just don’t want to mess it up.” Isabel has been consistent. She pumped out a little Pouliot named Alexia in March. This technically makes her a baby mama of the Canadian persuasion- a rare and frosty breed seldom found anywhere but the most remote Saskatchewanian highlands.