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Bryan Bickell’s Wife Amanda Bickell does not like animals fighting. No, I’m not talking about Bryan getting into scraps with big ugly mugs on the ice. I’m talking about pitbulls and the fact that she’s an outspoken advocate for them. She runs a foundation to help abused dogs find homes and give therapy to abused kids. I have to admit, their website (http://www.bickellfoundation.org) is pretty heartwarming.
Amanda and Bryan were married in August of 2013, and they spent time in the Czech Republic during the NHL lockout and had their friend take the photos rather than spending an entire year’s salary on a professional. Now that Bryan is the playoffs leader with six goals, Chicago is happy they already inked his deal for four years and $16 million. Bickell is red-hot with a total of 9 post-season points, and he’s said at the last press-conference regarding his hot streak: “"You get the buildup in the regular season to get to the playoffs and the playoffs are where it really, really counts. I don't want to say the regular season doesn't count, I just enjoy this time. We don't practice much, which is good. The city is behind us, our fans (and) just the atmosphere in the dressing room, it gets me fired up."
Bryan is also missing his teammate Andrew Shaw (out with a lower body injury) but with any luck they will still be able to pull through. Bickell has called Shaw a fireball, and it’s strange how he’s the go-to guy quotes guy for the press now that he’s become such a potent offensive threat and playmaker. Amanda will not be sitting home with the team of pitbulls when Chicago is in town. Last year, Bickell again led the league in post-season numbers with 17 points and 9 goals. His regular season numbers are very modest, but as he said, the playoffs are where it really counts, and you can’t argue with success.
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Folks, we have an interesting case of mixing business and pleasure here. Andrei Markov’s girlfriend Carolina Montes is attempting to become his official sports agent. I’ve always had trouble negotiating with beautiful women; maybe there’s something to this...
We should fill you in on Andrei’s contract backstory: he was brought into the league by the seasoned veteran agent Don Meehan. Meehan is well-known around the league as a solid rep, but after some very productive years recently, it appears Andrei just doesn’t want to pay a fee and is quite serious about having his lady represent him. It has not yet come to fruition, and since you need to register with the NHLPA, it may not be as easy as the couple would like. Andrei’s contract is up, and he’s in talks with the Canadiens for another three-year deal.
Let’s not completely dismiss Carolina Montes just because she has no experience as a sports agent. She is, after all, a successful real estate agent in Montreal. Don't underestimate real estate agents just because they're beautiful. She’s definitely no slouch. With the history the NHLPA has, you’d think she could definitely become an agent. Markov has had a great couple past seasons, and he’s widely regarded as the best Russian defenseman.
Take exhibit A: David Frost. Frost was one of the wackiest, most unstable individuals ever associated with sports representation. He was charged with twelve separate counts of sexual exploitation from 1995-2001. Without getting too much into Frost, let’s just say allowing a real estate agent to become a sports agent isn’t really that big of a jump when you put things in perspective.
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I am sure that Brian Gionta's wife Harvest Gionta is a lovely woman. Hell, I'm sure Brian Gionta is a nice guy,... But I have to hate him.
As a University of Maine grad, I had to spend four years watching him easily dismantle my Black Bears during his ridiculously impressive four years at Boston College. As a Bruins fan, I had to see him half a dozen times a year during his seven years with the Devils.... and now, of course he's joined the hated rival Candiens. Like I said, sure he's a nice enough guy, but I can't possibly root harder against this cat.
Now most people don't dislike the Canadiens center quite like me. One of the two shortest players in the entire league, he's made plenty of fans with his equal parts skill and grit play. And as a player dedicated to the third city to truly embrace him, Brian and Harvest Gionta are growing roots in the city.
Brian and Harvest Gionta have three children, sons Adam and James, and daughter Leah. Upon Brian being named the Montreal Captain, the English speaking, American Gionta's quickly signed their children up for French immersion school given his expected length of stay in the Canadian city. The couple spends significant amount of time in the community, with Harvest Gionta spearheading many of the Canadien wives charitable drives.
So here we are. Round 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. In the video below, Harvest Gionta talks about Brian spending all summer on the grill. For once, I'm praying the Bruins can send Brian Gionta to an early summer.