NHL Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)


Matt Stajan's wife Katie Stajan

Matt Stajan's wife Katie Stajan recently had a baby in early 2015. Having a child for Katie and Matt is a big deal. They had a baby in 2014, and he died shortly after birth. As you can imagine, this was devastating to the couple. That child was named Emerson, and he would have been the older brother to their new son, Elliot.

That really is a brutal thing that Matt Stajan's wife Katie Stajan had to overcome with him. Matt and Katie started a charity in honor of Emerson to try to turn his loss into something that could benefit people in distress. At the time of Emerson's death, The Calgary Flames organization handled the incident with the utmost class-- immediately allowing Stajan a personal leave without a timetable, and his coach Bob Hartley told him hockey is non-existent right now. Having carried the child inside of her for nine months, Katie was very sad. The wives of other players took care of her after the loss.

It's a new chapter for them now. They described coping with the loss of Emerson by saying that you don't really get over it but you learn to live with it, and Matt is now extremely attached to his son Elliot. Matt said of the birth: "It's obviously emotional for any parent, but with all the thing we went through-- you only know heartache, so you're nervous and scared. So when he came out, it was so emotional." The city of Calgary did a great job supporting them when they suffered, and now Katie was quoted as saying "We feel very loved." She could not stop smiling after the birth, the Calgary sun reported. Elliot's birthday is exactly one day before Emerson's, which the couple said was sort of chilling. I wonder what Elliot will think about the story of Emerson when he grows up and learns about it. I hope that Matt and Katie have another child as well.


Jason Pominville's wife Kim Pominville

In an article in a Minnesota newspaper a couple years back, Jason Pominville's wife Kim Pominville was briefly mentioned and described as an "acrobat." This is the kind of description you don't see every day when it comes to player wives.

Jason and Kim have had two kids so far. They're named Jayden and Kaylee, and the Minnesota Wild once wrote a whole article about how they traveled to Columbus to surprise Jason after a game. I think those types of things are always nice for a player (especially when he's traveling and has kids back at home). I think Kim spends the majority of her time taking care of their kids, and I haven't found one mention of her on the internet as an acrobat outside the one article mentioned above. So this mysterious acrobatics act may just be a strange way to describe juggling two kids? Jason Pominville's wife Kim Pominville appears with her big happy smile in every photo she's been in with other people. She certainly seems to value her time with family and friends, and she is friends with a few of the Minnesota Wild wives.

The biggest adjustment Kim had to go through was a period of time where the couple moved a total of seven times in eleven months during the NHL lockout a few years back. This was not at all an uncommon thing at the time, but seven times in eleven months sounds brutal. Those moves included a brief sojourn to Germany so that Jason could keep playing during the lockout. That kind of traveling is less than ideal now since they have two kids and they're getting older. The family does have an offseason house in Montreal, but during the season they live in Minnesota. That's how it goes, but when all else fails you can just travel to the city the guy's playing at and surprise him.

05/11/15 (Updated)

Matt Beleskey's wife Victoria Beleskey

Matt Beleskey's wife Victoria Beleskey is viewable on youtube with Matt doing an ALS ice bucket in Tahiti. It's a pretty annoying video because they do the whole finishing each other's sentence thing. It's almost like they wrote out a script, rehearsed it, chose an exotic background, and then filmed the video. Interestingly, one of the couples they nominated was Sheldon Souray and Barbie Blank, obviously showing they're good friends of theirs. Also they poured the tiniest buckets imaginable on themselves. They were the smallest champagne buckets you've ever seen.

Back in March Victoria could be seen at the Lady Ducks Fashion Luncheon at the Hilton Anaheim. The players were all there too, and basically what these types of things do is raise money for Foundations. In this case, Matt Beleskey's wife Victoria Beleskey helped raise money for the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, which does activities for kids. They raised $315,000 in one night. So that's pretty cool. Victoria and Matt are also known to reach out for other causes like mental health in the "Bell Lets Talk" program.

At one point in their couples timeline, Matt and Victoria went to a desert and rode camels around. Matt was even bit by one. This happened in Cabo (the place every hockey player seems to go with their new wives). That included leaving their English Bulldog Karl back at home, so I'm sure Victoria spoiled him when they got back. Come on guys, you should know to take your bulldog everywhere you go because they have a lifespan of about 5 minutes. Karl is still relatively young though. Sometimes they'll just travel together to a game and spend some time exploring the city. Last summer they took a little trip to Boston on the weekend and walked around, picking up the sights and sounds of that lovely town. I think Matt is a fan of the Patriots for some reason. Maybe if you're a football fan in Ontario they're the closest thing you've got to a local team?