NHL Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

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.

04/30/14
 

Corey Perry's girlfriend Blakeny Robertson

 

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Being a three-time all-star and getting paid $8 million dollars a year is a good thing if you’re known by many as a cheap-shot artist on the ice. It helps alleviate any stress caused from complaints from fans, players, and analysts. Hey, hockey’s a tough game, and things happen in the heat of the moment. Whether complained about or not, Corey Perry’s Girlfriend Blakeny Robertson isn’t doing a whole lot of complaining (none you can find on the internet, anyway).

By most accounts, Corey is a great guy off the ice and a personable fellow with the fans. Hailing from Peterborough, Ontario, Corey still hosts a golf tournament that raises money for charity there. He played on a team in Ontario called the London Knights, and his coach Jim McKellar says, “He’s a very personable guy who has a great sense of humour. He’s also great with the fans. He was always very accomodating and never said no to anything we asked him to participate in.” So there’s some evidence right there that Blakeny might not actually have to endure hooking or slashing to the face when she heads to the kitchen for a soda. Those are Corey’s sodas! You can have seltzer water.

All joking aside, Corey and Blakeny always attend the Lady Ducks Soiree, a charitable event that last year raised $585,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. That event in particular helped people see Corey’s good sense of humor, because he wore a rather deafening silk shirt that had twitter abuzz. You’re only allowed to walk down a runway in a rainbow silk shirt if you lead the league in goals, as Perry did in the 2010-11 season. That same year, Corey was league MVP.