NHL Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

05/07/14
 

Andrei Markov's girlfriend Carolina Montes

 

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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.

05/02/14
 

Brian Gionta's wife Harvest Gionta

 

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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.

05/01/14
 

Alexander Steen's girlfriend Josefine Olson

 

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Alexander Steen’s girlfriend Josefine Olson is in the business of making little furry friends go to sleep. In other words, she works at an animal clinic! She is also not interested in posting pictures of herself on the internet, apparently, but we’ve managed to find what we believe to be a couple anyway.

Josefine began as an animal paramedic in 2004 and started working at the animal clinic in Sundsvall, Sweden in 2009. For those of you that understand Swedish, the official name of the clinic is Djursjukhuset Sundsvall (also known as the keyboard-mashing clinic). In 2013, Josefine went on leave from the animal clinic to join Alexander in St. Louis, which he says has really boosted his mindframe and confidence. Hopefully she doesn’t administer animal drugs to him when he gets severe concussions like the one he absorbed in the 2011-2012 season. He’s friends with retired 7-time all-star Paul Kariya and stayed him in in California during that time, which he felt very uncertain about.

But he’s back in top form now, notching a respectable 62 points in 2013-14, the most of his career. He was also 3rd in the league in game-winning-goals, and he got his first monthly three-star award in October of last year. Things are going well with a $3.3 million payout for the season as well. Alex and Josefine still have a house in Sweden, where they are both citizens. Alex played in Modo in Sweden during the lockout and grew up playing hockey in Sweden. That’s why he chooses to play for the Swedish National team during the Olympics.