Washington Capitals Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)
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05/10/2012: In the midst of a 2 month stretch on the ice that Braden Holtby will never forget, he can add some off the ice memories to this same time period. On Thursday, May 10, 2012, Braden Holtby's giancee Brandi Bodnar gave birth to the couple's first child. Holtby, 22, said that they planned the delivery for Thursday to be a minimal distraction to the team during the Eastern Conference semi-finals matchup against the New York Rangers. Benjamin Hunter Holtby was born in the DC area, as Brandi has moved there to be with Braden after her spring semester ended at school in Canada.
Congratulations to the new parents.
- Raise your hand if you even knew who Braden was before the opening series of the NHL playoffs against Boston.
If you raised your hand you are either related, lying or a connoisseur of mid level AHL goaltending prospects. Truthfully, if it wasn't for injuries Braden would still be in the AHL but he is making the most with his chance (and killing Boston's nerves in the process).
Along for this incredible albeit unexpected ride is Braden's fiancée, Brandi. Well maybe not physically along for every ride up and down the East Coast, as Brandi attends school in Canada. She is also pregnant with the couple’s first child and after game 5 of the Boston series, Brandi tweeted the following out to her to-be husband:
I love you babe, but these games are getting too intense for your very preggy fiancee #contractions #preggyproblems.
Brandi has been away from Braden for most of the season because of school. However, according to her twitter feed Brandi just finished her spring semester classes during the Boston series and is heading to DC to spend time with Braden. In the offseason the couple lives in Lloydminster.
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01/08/2013: Alex Ovechkin's open book approach to his personal life continues. After the NHL lockout ended and players returned to camp, Ovechkin let reporters know the good news that he and Maria Kirilenko were recently engaged. No word on a wedding date yet, but as the couple keeps the world in the loop, I imagine we'll know quickly.
- I like Alex Ovechkin.
A lot of athlete's shroud their dating life in secrecy leaving room for gossip and speculation (which we'd be lying if we said we never took part in). Rather than let dopes like us speculate on who he's dating, he just comes out and tells us:
@ovi8: “Me and my girlfriend Maria….she is my queen!!!!”
The Maria in question is actually Maria Kirilenko, 24 year old professional women's tennis player. The Russian tennis star is currently ranked #27 in the world (and peaked at 18 in July, 2008). She has 10 WTA event championships. Maria made the finals of the 2011 Australian doubles finals, though has never made a single finals appearance in a Grand Slam event, nor won a doubles title.
Maria has had some modeling work in the past, including posing for Adidas wearing a Stella McCartney inspired line of clothing. She posed in the 2009 SI Swimsuit Edition with two fellow WTA tennis pros, Tatiana Golovin and Daniela Hantuchova.
Seriously.... Nice work, Ovie.
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- The 5'9" Russian supermodel Valeria was born on September 28, 1987. The two were first reported together after being seen at a soccer game together in the summer of 2010.
Other than her being a model and doing a ton of shoots, we're tapped out on info. Enjoy the scenery.