Meet the Wives of Your Favorite Hockey Players
Fans know all about their favorite hockey players — their stats, what team they play for, etc. However, we’re also a little interested in the women who stand next to them. What are they like? What do they do? How did they meet their beau? Those questions are what made us go researching. We found that a lot of the women are pretty impressive themselves, so we wanted to share.
We’re also going to include women who are long-time partners because marriage isn’t for everyone. Additionally, we’ve included players who have had girlfriends that have turned into mothers of a kid or two. Let’s be honest: famous people get extra famous when they get together with other celebs. We're sure that being married to a professional hockey player isn't always easy, but these lovely ladies stand by their man through it all. Many of the athletes on this list claim that their wives are the source of their strength through the world of wins, losses, twists and turns, and everything else that the NHL has to offer.
Without further ado, here are the wives and partners behind your favorite NHL players. If you're interested in learning more about the wives of famous athletes, check out the article after this one!
Nikita Kucherov & Anastasiya Kucherova
Nikita Kucerov is a pro hockey player for the Tampa Bay Lightning team in the National Hockey League (NHL). Hailing from Russia, Kucherove is one of the best players in the world! With the Hart Memorial Trophy for MVP in the NHL under his belt, there isn't much else that can stop him.
Perhaps the only person that can outshine Kucherov is his own wife, Anastasiya Kucherova! This hockey wife is not only an NHL WAG, but a model and actress in her own right. On top of her personal success in all of her professional endeavors, she is also the mother of her shared child with Nikita.
Andrei Vasilevskiy & Kseniya Vasilevskaya
Andrei Vasilevskiy, from Russia, is a goaltender for the NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning. Nicknamed "Vasy" or the "Big Cat," he's made quite a name for himself in the sport since 2018. Fun Fact: He holds the NHL record for most wins in a postseason! As for his wife, Kseniya Vasilevskaya is his main squeeze. Kseniya married the world-renowned hockey player by the time he was 19. Two years after their marriage, the couple became parents with the birth of their first child, Lukas.
The two first met on a short flight to Moscow where they sat in the same row. After separating, they continued talking on social media, and the rest is history! Not much is known about Kseniya herself, but her husband Andrei is open about keeping family first. Telling the Tampa Bay Times in 2017, Andrei said the following: "There’s probably guys my age like to go to bars or somewhere else, but not me. I’m not that kind of person. I like to be at home. Just hockey and family, that is my life.”
Sidney Crosby & Kathy Leutner
Canadian centre and captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby juggles more in life than just a jam-packed schedule of hockey tournaments. Nicknamed "Sid the Kid," Crosby made a name for himself in the NHL back in the 2005 draft, captaining Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics (and winning gold), and leading Canada to victory in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Crosby's wife Kathy Leutner told Clutch Points in 2022 that modeling had been a dream of hers since she was a child. She even ditched college to pursue the career! She got her big break modeling for Fitness Magazine and struck gold in 2011 after being featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit model search.
Victor Hedman & Sanna Grundberg
Victor Hedman is a Swedish member of the Tampa Bay Lightning team for the NFL, and is by far one of the best defensive players in the league. From back-to-back championship wins in the Stanley Cup and being a five-time finalist in the James Norris Memorial cup, it's safe to say Hedman stands out from the pack.
Back on July 23, 2017, Heman married his long-time girlfriend Sanna Grundberg in their Swedish hometown of Örnsköldsvik. They used the adorable hashtag #MeetTheHedmans to capture images from their ceremony. The couple first met way back in 2009. Despite long-distance dating and Grundberg being unable to work in Florida, they managed to stay together through thick and thin until tying the knot. Sanna gave birth to their first child Rio in October 2020.
Alexander Ovechkin & Anastasia Shubskaya
Washington Capitals caption and leftwinger Alexander Ovechkin is one of the greater hockey players in history from his scoring record alone. Nicknamed anything from "Ovi" to "the Great Eight," Ovechkin hails from Russia and represents his country in all kinds of World Championships and Olympic games. What a guy!
Despite previously proposing to Maria Kirilenko, Ovechkin has a new beau in Anastasia Shubskaya. A year after Kirilenko called off the engagement, Ovechkin proposed to Shubskaya on September 11, 2015. Three years after marriage, they announced the birth of their first son Sergei. In May 2020, their second son was born, named Illya.
Steven Stamkos & Sandra Porzio
Steven Stamkos, from Canada, plays for the NHL with Tampa Bay Lightning. Historically, he has scored the most goals and points alike of any other in the '90s. You heard that right! He was the best player of the decade! He didn't peak in the '90s, as he captained Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup championships. Sandra Porzio is Stamkos's wife. The couple married in Toronto back on June 20, 2017, in a ceremony attended by close friends, family, and some of Stamkos's former hockey teammates.
Instead of asking for wedding gifts when they tied the knot, Stamkos and Porzio requested donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Tampa and Toronto, earning them a special announcement from the Tampa Bay charity site: "We are very grateful for Steven and Sandra's support over the past few years. Both Sandra and Steven are committed to making the lives of pediatric families brighter while they care for their hospitalized children."
Johnny Gaudreau & Meredith Morris
Johnny Gaudreau is an American athlete playing for the Calgary Flames in the NHL after playing with the Boston College Eagles for four years. On top of many other accomplishments years late, in 2014, Gaudreau was named the Hobey Baker award-winner, which essentially means that he was the best player in the NCAA that year.
Meredith Morris works as a registered nurse (RN) in Pennsylvania at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She earned her Nursing and Health Professions degree from Dreel's University College. This hard-working woman's dreams came true when Gaudreau proposed in August 220. They married at St. Agatha-St. James church in Philadelphia just one month later! Talk about a quick turnaround.
Roman Josi & Ellie Ottaway
Swiss defensive player Roman Josi is the captain of the NHL Nashville PRedators. Josi was the first Swiss player in history to win the James Norris Memorial trophy for the NHL's best defenceman. He also made history by becoming the highest-scoring player from Switzerland back in 2021, usurping Mark Streit's high score.
Josi married his longtime girlfriend Elli Ottaway in 2019. Ottoway makes a living by pursuing her passions as a model and musician. Despite their uniquely different careers, they work together to make their relationship strong. AFter marrying on June 20, 2019, they gave birth to their first Child Luca James two years later.
Mitch Marner & Stephanie LaChance
Mitch Marner is a Canadian hockey player representing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL. Born and raised in Markham Ontario, and later in Thornhill, Marner always had a dream of representing his home country by playing hockey. His dream came true in 2015 when he was selected in the NHL Entry Draft by the Maple Leafs.
Marner began dating his current partner Stephanie LaChance back in 2020 right before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Once lockdown restrictions fell into place, Marner and LaChance were able to spend oodles of quality time together in their shared home. Rumors that the pair have already married swirl around the internet, but there's no definitive evidence that they tied the knot in secret. However, we wouldn't be surprised! They're clearly made for each other.
Mika Zibanejad & Irma Helin
Mika Zibanejad is a Swedish centre and alternate captain of the NHL team the New York Rangers. After initially playing with the Ottawa Senators for five seasons, he was traded to the Rangers. He brought glory to his home country after scoring the winning goal in the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Zibanejad found his perfect match in fellow athlete Irma Helin. His fiancee is also from Sweden but takes part in a different sport from her soon-to-be husband. She works as a soccer midfielder for the Djurgårdens IF Fotboll of the Damallsvenskan. In fact, she won her first title for the Swedish national team over Iran back in 2016. Such a power couple!
Artemi Panarin & Alisa Snarok
Artemi Panarin AKA the "Breadman" is a Russian alternate captain and winger for the NHL New York Rangers. He's played for countless NHL teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks after his NHL debut in 2015 and the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his first NHL season, Panarin managed to snag the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best rookie player of the season.
Alisa Znarok accepted Panarin's marriage proposal on August 5, 2019, after dating for a year. The pair adore traveling, which occurs often between the two of them because Znarok is a model and Panarin an athlete. They first met in 2015 during the World Hockey Championship but didn't make things official until years later. Unfortunately, they had to postpone their wedding in 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions.
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J.T. Miller & Natalie Craig
American athlete J.T. Miller plays as a left-winger and alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL. In previous seasons, Miller represented the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. There will always be a special place in his heart for the Rangers because they drafted him 15th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry.
Natalie Craig is J.T. Miller's wife and the mother of their two daughters, Scotlyn (born in 2018) and Scarlett (2019). Craig prides herself on being a mother and the supportive partner of Miler, who leads quite a turbulent athletic career. Miller told Iain MacIntyre with Sportsnet that his life wouldn't be possible without the support of Craig and his family. "They've been super helpful," he said," and they're just trying to make this transition easier for me."
Gabriel Landeskog & Melissa Shouldice
Gabriel Landeskog, a Swedish hockey player for the Colorado Avalanche, plays as a left-winger and captain in the NHL. He's cracked multiple NHL records, including the youngest captain in NHL history at 19 years old, hen becoming the fourth European-born captain to do so.
Landeskog shares two children with his wife Melissa Shouldice. Landeskog skipped out on a skate because he didn't want to miss the birth of his second child, a son, the day before. Their eldest child is a sweet girl who is 15 months older than her little brother. We expect that there could be more to come!
Aaron Ekblad & Dayna Mastronardi
Aaron Ekblad is a Canadian defensive player and alternate captain of the Florida Panthers in the NHL. Selected first overall in the 2001 draft for the Ontario Hockey League, he was a promising player from the start. In fat, he played in an All-Star Game during his first official NHL season, later winning the Calder Memorial Trophy.
Who exactly is the lucky wife of Aaron Ekblad, who was unanimously named the "Exceptional Player" title by Hockey Canada in 2013? Dayna Mastronardi, of course! Mastronardi recently graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with her doctorate. Ekblad shared a post congratulating his wife in 2020, writing "Graduation Day for my Doctor Fiancée. I’m so proud of you. Time to work your way out of the red numbers! #DrDayna #nsugrad."
Jake Guentzel & Natalie Johnson
Jake Guentzel is an American hockey player for the Pittsburg Penguins in the NHL, and he's stuck with the team after being drafted in the third round back in 2013. Good thing he stuck with them because he went on to win the Stanley Cup for Pittsburgh in 2017!
Natalie Johnson was Guentzel's long-term girlfriend until he finally proposed in early October 2020 after nearly a decade of dating. The renowned hockey player married his Omaha-native girlfriend on July 30, 2021. Guentzel isn't the only athlete in the family, however; his wife Natalie played as a midfielder with the Omaha women's soccer team. What a talented duo!
Juuse Saros & Minna Varis
Juuse Saros is a Finnish goaltender for the Nashville Predators, and is lovingly nicknamed "Juice" by his friends and fans. He first joined the NHL during the 2013 Entry Draft in the fourth round. Despite being far down the list in the initial draft (99th overall), he's managed to crawl his way up to fan-favorite among hockey enthusiasts.
Minna Varis is his wife, but their proposal story didn't go quite as planned. Saros shared his proposal fail to the Tennessean, saying, "When I opened the box, the ring popped out and went onto the ground. My hands were shaking a bit." The pair first met eleven years ago and dated for over eight years before getting married. They were hometown sweethearts with the same group of friends. We want what they have!
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David Pastrnák & Rebecca Rohlsson
David Pastrnák AKA "Pasta" is a Czech right wringer for the Boston Bruins. He made his NHL debut in 2014 after being selected 25th overall by the Bruins during the Entry Draft. The Bruins knew what they were doing when they drafted "Pasta," because he went on to represent his home country in four World Championships! That's a valuable player to have under your belt on a national team.
Even though Pastrnák hasn't proposed to his girlfriend Rebecca Rohlsson at this point in time, we know that it's just about time for them to tie the knot. In fact, they brought a son named Viggo into the world together back on June 17, 2021. Unfortunately, he passed away just six days later. Our heart goes out to the couple, and they've managed to grow closer after working through the unimaginable loss.
Patrick Kane & Amanda Grahovec
Patrick Kane hails from America and plays as a right-winger and alternate captain for the Chicago NHL team, the Blackhawks. The team selected him first overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, which is a huge compliment to Kane's skills on the ice. Their instincts proved to be true once Kane went on to compete in multiple Winter Olympic games, won three Stanley Cups, and won MCP for the 2015-2016 season.
Kane has more than an impressive career — his girlfriend Amanda Grahovec is equally amazing. Like some other hockey players, the couple has dated for years but remains unmarried. However, they share one son together (Patrick Kane III), who was born during the pandemic on November 12, 2020.
John Carlson & Gina Nucci
John Carlson plays for the NHL Washington Capitals in the defensive position as well as an alternate captain. He was drafted in 2008 in the first round by the Capitals and has enjoyed a successful career with the team since. IN fact, he won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2018, becoming the highest-scoring defensive player for the playoffs.
Gina Nucci was Carlson's long-term girlfriend until the pair finally settled down and got married on September 6, 2014. One year after the ceremony, Nucci gave birth to their first shared child. In total, they have three sons, Lucca, Rudy, and Sawyer. Sawyer is the most recent addition to the family as he was born in late 2020 in the midst of the pandemic.
Max Pacioretty & Katia Afinogenov.
Max Pacioretty plays for the Vegas Golden Knights as a left-winger in the NHL. After being drafted in the first round back in 2007 by the Montreal Canadiens, he was traded to the Golden Knights in 2018 before the start of the season. WIth the Canadiens, however, he enjoyed modest success as their captain for his last three seasons as well as scoring a majority of the team's goals.
The Pacioretty love story started long ago when Max met the former NHL player Maxim Afinogenov. Max fell in love with Maxim's sister, Katia, and married her in July 2011. This makes Max's former buddy his brand new brother-in-law! The couple now supports a large family, including four sons and a single daughter. Katia is also an athlete in her own right. She made a name for herself in professional tennis, winning titles in everything from ITF tours to WTA cups. She officially retired in 2016.
Mark Stone & Hayley Thompson
Mark Stone is a Canadian professional athlete who plays as a right-winger and captain of the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL. He previously played for the Ottawa Senators in 2010 and was traded to the Golden Knights. During his early career, he was the top rookie of the 2014-2015 season, which set the tone for the rest of his professional career. Hayley Thompson leads a quiet life, but they described their proposal on Zola.com prior to their wedding:
"Mark suggested that we go for a walk to tire the dogs out before we left... I thought we were just going for a quick walk so I didn't understand why he was asking. Halfway through the walk he.. grabbed the back of my pants and stopped me which I remember thinking was weird... He proceeded to get down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I actually said, 'No, no, no, no, no, are you serious?!' about ten times before actually saying YES! It was the most perfect proposal with just us and our pups in a place we visit almost daily on our walks. It will forever serve as the best memory in a very special place."
Alex DeBrincat & Lindsey Bice
American right-winger Alex DeBrincat serves as the alternate captain for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. His dream of playing professional hockey started young in his hometown of Farmington HIlls, Michigan. He stood out during his college ice hockey career in Massachusetts, leading to his first official titles: Emms Family Award and CHL Rookie of the Year. Professionally, he has set multiple records, including the Erie Otters all-time Goal Leader and top OHL scorer from the United States.
Lindsey Bice is the dedicated wife of Alex DeBrincat. The pair tied the knot in July 2021, and the ceremony was attended by many of DeBrincat's Blackhawk teammates. ZDeBrincat's hockey friend Brandon Hagel said the following to the Chicago Tribune: "[DeBrincat is] one of my best friends. I can’t thank him enough. He made me so at home here, became really, really close friends... I'm happy for him, he deserves it."
Nazem Kadri & Ashley Cave
Nazem Kadri was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs at #7 in the 2009 NHL Draft but transferred to the Colorado Avalanche team later in his career. His career is particularly interesting because he won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2022, which made him the first openly Muslim player to aid in the Cup's win.
Ashley Caveis Kadri's wife, whom he married in July 2018 at Casa Loma, Toronto. Cave gave birth to their first child — a daughter named Naylah — just one year later. Reportedly high school sweethearts, the pair held a beautiful intimate ceremony for their friends and family, which set the tone for a lovely life off the ice. Ashley is a businesswoman who helped her husband open the Zasem Kadri Foundation for helping mentally ill people.
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Vladimir Tarasenko & Yana Tarasenko
Vladimir Tarasenko, from Russia, plays for the St. Louis Blues in the NHL as a right-winger and alternate captain. He spent the beginning of his professional hockey career playing in Russian leagues like the Kontinental Hockey League and SKA Saint Petersburg. He joined the NHL in 2010 when the Blues drafted him 16th overall.
Tarasenko married Yana Tarasenko on July 1, 2015, but they started their family years before. In 2007, Yana gave birth to their first child Mark. Their second son Aleksandr came one year after their wedding, with Artem following in 2019. Mark, however, is Vladimir's stepston, which explains how Yana became a mother before getting serious with Vladimir.
Patrice Bertrand & Stephanie Bertrand
Patrice Bergeron is a Canadian hockey center and captain of the NHL Boston Bruins. After playing junior hockey with the Quebec Major Junior HOckey League (QMJHL), he was drafted at #45 overall by the Bruins in 2003. Bergeron also represents his home country in WOrld Championships, including the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
Bergeron's wife is called Stephanie Bertrand, who is the mother of their three shared children named Zach, Victoria, and Noah, respectively. Bertrand — a graduate of Laval University with a degree in psychology — is a huge supporter of her husband's passion for hockey and roots for him at games any time she can get away from their Boston home.
Brad Marchand & Katrina Sloane
Brad Marchand is another Canadian hockey player who represents the Boston Bruins as a left-winger and alternate captain within the NHL. Since the 2006 Entry Draft, Marchand has played for the Bruins but hasn't had the nicest reputation. In fact, he's gotten multiple fines and been included in numerous controversies for his actions on the court, which include kissing, licking, or hitting his opponents.
Marchand's wife Katrina Sloane doesn't seem to mind her husband's controversial moves on the ice. She accepted his proposal and married him in September 2015, so she must like something about him! The pair share two kids, including a daughter and stepson (Sawyer and Sloane). Marchand's most recent pursuit is unrelated to hockey, as he purchased a sports lodge focused on hunting and fishing in Newfoundland.
Thatcher Demko & Lexie Shaw
American goaltender Thatcher Demko plays for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL after being drafted in the second round during the Entry Draft in 2014. Nicknamed "Thatcher the Snatcher," Demko is a fan favorite for fantasy hockey leagues and shows a lot of potential for his professional hockey career. Lexie Shaw is one of the few hockey wives on this list who also seriously played the sport, which makes her a perfect match for pro-athlete Demko.
Shaw was the WCHA women's hockey Player of the Month during the 2016-2017 season alongside teammate Emma Nuutinen. According to her team's website (the North Dakota Fighting Hawks), Shaw received the award as a senior player after she "turned in her second-consecutive shutout with a 17-save performance... against Minnesota State" and "made 19 saves against the mavericks to help UND earn its first sweep of the season. With the two wins, Shaw extended her career-best undefeated streak to six games..."
Evgeny Kuznetsov & Anastasia Zinov'eva
Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov started playing for the Washington Capitals after competing in various junior-to-senior level competitions for Russa. These included the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Kuznetsov is known for his celebratory ritual from the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2018, which resulted in the loving nickname "the Birdman."
Kuznetsov married Anastasia Zinov'eva AKA Nastya in 2011 at Tracktor Ice Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia, which was the perfect venue for the hockey-obsessed couple. Natya welcomed two children into the world after their marriage, becoming a mother and making Evgeny a father. They share one daughter, Ecenia, who was born in 2015 and one son, Fedor, born n 2019.
Claude Giroux & Ryanne Breton
Claude Giroux — who was born in Canada — represents the Florida Panthers as one of the NHL's top centres. Also, he broke a record in the 2020-2021 season after becoming the longest-tenured captain in the history of the Philadephia Flyers. Giroux represents Team Canada for various international tournaments, including the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship.
Giroux proposed to his longtime girlfriend in December 2016 and transformed Ryanne Breton into Ryanne Giroux in a beautiful summer ceremony. Theys share one son, Gavin, who was born in late August 2019. Two years later, the pair welcomed their second son, Palmer, in early August. You have to check out their wedding photos!
Brayden Point & Sydney Marta
Canadian centre Brayden point plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning tea in the NHL, getting drafted in the third round in 2014. He's made quite a name for himself since his debut season by nabbing back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, scoring the most goals in each game, and making the winning shot in the 2020 Finals.
Sydney Marta is Point's wife, but they mainly keep to themselves despite Point's prominent status as a pro hockey player in the NHL. Marta graduated from Vanier Collegiate school for brain research, according to TVGuideTime. But aside from that, they prefer to stay out of the limelight — at least in terms of their private life.