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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.
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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.
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Willie Mitchell’s wife Megan Mitchell is an actual chef. You know how sometimes people refer to other people as “chefs,” but what they really mean is that person just kind of digs cooking? Well, Megan is a chef, full stop. I’m always impressed by these folks. Cooking is this abstract, otherworldly concept inside an opaque black box for some of us. So when those culinary sorcerers step into the kitchen and start lighting up some peppers, spices, and potions or whatever it is you use to make proper cuisine, we pay respect.
Willie is playing out his last couple years in the league, but he was a serious defensive force in his prime. He registered a 29 +/- back in the 2008 season (9th overall that year). If you’re interested in stats that almost no one understands, Mitchell has posted some very good defensive point shares in the past (3rd, 4th, and 2nd in ‘05, ‘08, and ‘11). In short, the defensive point share stat is not really useful in determining a player’s value, but it does exist and Willie did okay with it a few seasons. You're not going to really see anything that sticks out at you on his stat sheet, but trust me, you don't make $3,500,000 for nothing. He's what a hockey geek would term a "defensive defenseman." It's like being an extra sloppy impressionist in the painting world.
Megan hosts a couple cooking shows for Yahoo! and Youtube and generally is just a cool, attractive person. Apparently Stella Artois advertises on one of her shows, and she jokes online:
“The best part about shooting a cooking show with Stella, I'm encouraged to drink at 9am. Life. Complete.”
Please enter Megan Mitchell onto the television show Masterchef and give her a six-pack of Stella. Gordon Ramsay admires unorthodox technique. In truth, Megan’s passion for cooking has really rubbed off on Willie. He recently gave a review of each of his favorite restaurant spots in the Los Angeles area. If you’re around Wurstküche after a Kings game, you’ll likely see Willie there chomping some late night sausages. Go ahead and ask him if they top Megan’s. A beautiful chef, no matter how talented, is always the favorite.