NHL Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

01/03/14
 

Blake Wheeler's Wife Sam Wheeler

 

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Blake Wheeler's wife Sam Wheeler is as energetic a person as her husband is on the ice. Blake Wheeler is a major building piece of the Winnipeg Jets and is always able to energize the team with a great scoring chance or a thunderous body check. The power froward has certainly found a match with his lively wife Sam Wheeler. As for her career, she majored in international relations at Boston University, and is fluent in Chinese. Sam was devastated after Blake was traded from Boston, her beloved hometown city, and has since had to again move from Atlanta to Winnipeg.

Although the moves have been tough for Blake and Sam, there is no doubt that they love their new city. They have had their fair share of fun, one time being pranked by Blake's teammates. After the move to Winnipeg, the team placed a cardboard cutout of Blake with a sign that said "Knock for a free autograph," - which led to more than a few unexpected visits from fans. The team and family like to have fun, and that is certainly what has gone on in Winnipeg.

In October of 2012 Blake and Sam had a son. This was of course the season of the partial lockout, so he chose wait before going to Europe to play to see his son's birth. Now he hopes that 20 or so years from now, he too will be playing NHL hockey. Then Sam Wheeler can cheer for her son,the same way she does for her husband Blake.

12/27/13
 

Ryan Getzlaf's Wife Paige Getzlaf

 

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Ryan Getzlaf's wife Paige Getzlaf is the perfect hockey wife. Not only is she smoking hot, but she also shows great support for Ryan. She congratulated him on his second hat trick this season via Twitter and often wishes him luck when on the road. Getzlaf is projected to make the Canadian Olympic hockey team that will challenge for a gold medal in Sochi this February. He certainly has a good chance of adding a second gold medal to the accomplishments that Paige has cheered him on for.

Paige and Ryan have two young sons, and are also expecting their first daughter this May. Perhaps their now 1-year old son, Ryder, will have a chance to follow Ryan's footsteps and play pro hockey one day. Ryan Getzlaf's son Ryder has been attending practices and recently been given his first pair of skates. Both Getzlaf boys also recently attended the Getzlaf third annual golf shootout. The charity event was held to benefit Cure Duchenne, a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for the disease. Duchenne is a nasty muscle disease that affects boys usually age 5-12 and prevents them from participating in sports or even affecting basic limb motions in severe cases. Paige has been a big part of the event in the past and her participation this year helped the foundation raise over $300,000. Paige and Ryan Getzlaf have set up a great family and are living quite happily together as one of the best hockey couples there is.

12/02/13
 

David Backes' Wife Kelly Backes

 

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David Backes, a 6'3" forward and high scorer for the St. Louis Blues is set to take the ice on the USA Olympic Hockey team in 2014. As we anxiously watch the medal round in Sochi let's take a look at David Backes' wife Kelly Backes.

David is known for being a supportive team captain and a tough competitor who has definitely thrown a punch or two when necessary. However, outside of Hockey he shows a true soft spot for his lovely wife and a special cause that is close to both of their hearts.

Kelly and David make a very good looking All-American couple. There is not much out there about Kelly's specifically, but David's Twitter account is full of tidbits about Kelly and David's personal philanthropic endeavors. From the looks of things Kelly is a lot more than a trophy wife cheering from the stands. Kelly and David are an extraordinary team who focus much of their attention off the ice supporting animal rescue organizations. In fact these two are so devoted to animal rescue they each have their own rescue organizations: Kelly's Kats and David's Dogs.

As the NBC Broadcast of the semi-final game of the USA vs Czech mentioned, David and Kelly have taken up the fight for the stray dogs in Sochi.  As has been reported over and over, many of the homeless have been put down in preparations for the international Olympic event.  David and Kelly Backes have teamed up with other athletes competing in Sochi and their families to help save as many animals as possible.  The Backes have spearheaded a campaign to have strays rounded up, checked out, treated and sent overseas to be adopted in other countries, rather than find the fate so many have already met.  As Doc Emrick pointed out during the broadcast, it's yeoman's work, and the true definition of selflessness.

Their spirit for animal related philanthropy isn't new.  In the months leading up to the Olympics, the popular Hockey couple took on their greatest domestic endeavor yet: Athletes for Animals or A4A. On a night full of glitz and glamour professional athletes from sports across the board strutted their stuff on the red carpet to raise money and awareness for Kelly and David's newest charity A4A. Kelly and David hope to sign more athletes as voices for their cause in the next year.