It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to come to the conclusion that hockey is a dangerous sport. Through the length of their careers, players are bound to lose a tooth or two either in a fight, or after a check, or even after a collision with the goalpost or another player. Once we acknowledge that, we have to realize that as their careers weather on, hockey players have a hard time maintaining the good looks some of them had when they were young players. Yes, yes, we know that there are a bunch of dudes in the NHL who wouldn’t get laid if a desperate chick found them as the last guys in a bar the night before Valentine’s Day, if they were not professional hockey players.
That being said, when money and fame come around, looks don’t seem to make that much of a difference anymore. In no way are we claiming that the women who will appear in our list are with their partners or were with her partners by the sole reason that they were rich. Whether you like it or not, we do believe that love is blind sometimes. However, at times that blindness can amaze those who watch from the outside. And here are a few examples that we separated to show you 15 lucky NHL players who dated way out of their league. We know some of you are gonna hate on this list, some of you’re gonna love it, but, at the end of the day, one thing we are sure will happen is that you are going to wish you were one of these lucky guys.
15 Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood
The number 15 entry on our list isn’t 100 percent about the looks. Even the most old-school of guys cannot keep a straight face and say that Mike Fisher is an ugly man. He’s a good-looking guy, and we all had to admit it. But, and this is a big but, he happens to be married to none other than one of the greatest country singing stars in history, Carrie Underwood. Sure, Fisher has had a lot of success as a hockey player and is a good looking dude, but when we put that in comparison with the accomplishments and the looks of his wife, the guy’s fighting a losing battle.
She has made way more money than him in her lifetime, and she has won the American Idol. Now, Fisher might have a chance to start balancing out the scores if he wins a Stanley Cup for Nashville before his career is over.
14 Mike Comrie and Hillary Duff
We are staying in the realm of music for our number 14 entry. Here we have former Edmonton Oilers’ and now retired NHL center Mike Comrie, who was married to the famous actress and singer Hilary Duff until a couple of years ago. The couple began dating in the summer of 2007 and married three years later. They even have a kid, over whom they had a custody battle after Duff filed for divorce. Life since then has not been all that easy for Comrie, who earlier this year was accused of rape. There have also been a few alleged claims that Comrie behaved “badly” during a visit to a rather expensive Beverly Hills steakhouse since the couple broke up. But even if they were still together, Comrie should consider himself a lucky guy to have scored a woman like Hilary Duff.
13 Andrew Ladd and Brandy Ladd
For a good part of the NHL players on this list, the main reason for them to be here is not that they’re ugly guys, but because they married or dated women who were so ridiculously beautiful that 99 percent of the male population would be out of their league if they were dating them. That is the case with New York Islanders’ left-winger Andrew Ladd. In just one season with the Islanders, Ladd has quickly become an alternate captain and one of the key players for the team. So while life is good on the ice, it’s probably even better outside of the rink as he is married to the beautiful Brandy Ladd. Being a rich hockey player sure helps, but you must give Ladd the props for getting married at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort and going on a honeymoon to Bora-Bora. #Respect
12 Alexander Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko
It’s always something special when two athletes get married. The fans of one of the athletes will start cheering for the other and vice versa, they have a healthy lifestyle, and they can each support the other in their respective sports. Well, that is what most people thought would happen when Alexander Ovechkin confirmed that he was engaged to Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko. Arguably one of the best players in the NHL today, Ovechkin didn’t have as much luck in his relationship as he usually has on the rink. Kirilenko ended up calling off the wedding and only a year later got married to a businessman named Alexei Stepanov. Luckily for Washington Capitals' fans, Ovechkin’s play didn’t seem to change even a little after his engagement broke off.
11 Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones
Is it even possible for somebody to be too good for the greatest hockey player of all time? Well, no one is crazy enough to hate on Wayne Gretzky, but his status sure had to help when he married the movie star, Janet Jones. We mean, come on, these two married in 1982 a season in which Gretzky finished with nothing less than 212 points. Those are ridiculous numbers. Nevertheless, Jones has some pretty cool things on her resume as well. She played a part in movies like Annie, the Beastmaster and Police Academy 5. She also appeared in the March 1987 issue of Playboy magazine. More than that, it only takes a picture of her to realize that even though he was the greatest, Gretzky was also a lucky guy.
10 Tomas Holmstrom and Annelie Holmstrom
Tomas Holmstrom is a legend in Detroit. This guy played his whole career in the NHL with the Red Wings and was incredibly successful during it. With the Swedish star on the team, the Detroit Red Wings won nothing less than four Stanley Cups. Not only that, but Holmstrom also led his Sweden squad to a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Those are accolades not a many players can retire boasting about. And yet, they are not the only things this guy can brag about, as his wife Annelie Holmstrom is about as lovely as they come. A great career on the rink, a beautiful wife waiting for him at home, and countless accomplishments as a player. Yeah, Tomas Holmstrom has lived a magnificent life.
9 Sheldon Souray and Angelica Bridges (and Barbara Blank)
Do you know who Sheldon Souray is? Well, in case you don’t, this is a guy who played 13 seasons in the NHL with five different teams. This defenseman was a three-time All-Star in his career and was notorious for his powerful long-range shots. He also has a record for most single-season power-play goals by a defenseman with 19. But even with those accolades, can you believe that this guy was married to Angelica Bridges? Yeah, this dude was married to Taylor Walsh from Baywatch. Their marriage lasted five years from 2002 all the way to 2007. So next time you go to sleep after having a bad day and think that things couldn’t possibly look up. Just remember Sheldon Souray and that he was married to Angelica Bridges. If you put your heart into it, you can do it, my friend. Oh, and he's since remarried Barbara Blank, also known as Kelly Kelly in her WWE days. The luck never ends.
8 Jaromir Jagr and Inna Puhajkova
Again we are back in Europe. This time we travel across the pond to talk about Jaromir Jagr and the fact that he once dated a woman named Inna Puhajkova. At 45 years old, Jagr is still playing in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and doing a pretty good job if you consider his age. Nevertheless, one of the biggest surprises this Czech right-winger provided to the NHL public sure happened when he showed up to an event next to his beautiful partner, Puhajkova. We aren’t sure for how long this relationship lasted, but it surprisingly never managed to get bigger headlines than the political affiliations of Jagr, who is very outspoken about his support of one of the Czech Republic’s political parties. We sure hope he shows up to and NHL event with Inna again, that would be a real treat for the fans.
7 Pavel Bure and Anna Kournikova
Remember we talked about how awesome it is when two athletes get together? Well, this is another story that didn’t have a happy ending. Pavel Bure was named one of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time. This Hall of Famer tallied seven All-Star game selections throughout his career as well as several records. And yet, there was one defeat in his career, and it happened outside of the rink. It was a love disappointment. It made waves through Russian media when it was found out that this guy was allegedly dating an 18-year-old tennis talent named Anna Kournikova. She was 10 years younger than him, and there was a whole bunch of shady developments in the story, which included her allegedly marrying someone else and then starting to date a third guy. But at the end of the day, she was way out of his league when it comes to looks.
6 Damian Rhodes and Amanda Jahn
The first goaltender on our list, Damian Rhodes spent most of his professional career playing in the NHL. He was never a truly great player and spent a lot of time as a backup to better goaltenders. Nevertheless, this guy struck lucky in the love department as he married the TV host Amanda Jahn.
She spent a good deal of her career as a sports reporter in Atlanta and covered the Thrashers. She also became an anchor at Fox Sports Net South in Atlanta where she earned a nomination for an Emmy for best sports performer. So yeah, if she won that prize she would probably have one individual award more than her husband. But all kidding aside, even in the world of professional sports it is lucky for a backup to marry a woman this beautiful.
5 Niklas Hagman and Piritta Hagman
If you ever have to pick a place to visit in Europe and you can only go to one country, we would very much direct you to Finland if you were looking for a place with beautiful women. Just ask Niklas Hagman. This former NHL player even went back to Finland to play hockey once he couldn’t cut it anymore in the NHL. Now, we don’t know if we should say unfortunately or fortunately for him, he was already married when he went back to Europe to play out the rest of his career. But, just to be on the safe side, we’re going to say he was fortunate. Because who needs to look for a beautiful woman when your wife is already arguably one of the most beautiful hockey wives ever?
4 Ron Duguay and Kim Alexis
Some women might think Ron Duguay is a good looking guy, but he is still a bit weird. We don’t know why; maybe he just gives up a weird vibe. But our money would be on the haircut. The flow of Duguay’s hairstyle is all that matters to this story. Because, at the end of the day, he won’t, and he shouldn’t, give two sh*** about what we think of his hair; all that should matter to this guy is that Kim Alexis thinks his hair looks cool. Whether you believe it or not, this flow sure had to play a big part on this guy marrying the beautiful American model and actress. Yeah, maybe his hair is not that weird. You know what, we are about to go and get a haircut.
3 Cale Hulse and Gena Lee Nolin
Gena Lee Nolin has been married three times in her life. But, as all that we care about is the last one, your job is to digest that this Baywatch and The Price Is Right star is married to former hockey player Cale Hulse.
Hulse is a 6’3” 220-pound former defenseman who gives an unyielding vibe that he could probably kill somebody with his bare hands for writing an article like this. But we will brave on because we believe Cale is a good sport. In all seriousness, Hulse is a good looking guy, but he falls into the category we discussed that he just married a woman that is too hot for anybody. So yeah, whether you like it or not we’re here to give Cale some props.
2 Petr Nedved and Veronika Varekova
The number two wife of our list is completely on another level from all the other wives aside from the number one spot. Veronika Varekova is a Czech model who could very well be ranked among one of the most beautiful women in the world today.
Now take a guess for who was the lucky bastard who managed to take this beauty to the altar. It was none other than the Czech-Canadian center Petr Nedved. This guy played 15 seasons in the NHL and was fairly successful playing with teams like the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. But still, was he good enough a player, or is he good looking enough to marry one of the most beautiful women in the world? Who knows, all that matters is that she is happy.
1 Dion Phaneuf and Elisha Cuthbert
It was a tight race between number one and number two, but what made the difference was the contrast in the level of looks between these beautiful wives and their partners. As beautiful as Varekova was, Petr Nedved was a better-looking guy than Elisha Cuthbert’s husband, Dion Phaneuf.
Don’t get us wrong, the Ottawa Senators' defenseman is as good as they come in the NHL, but one picture of him next to his wife is enough for any regular person to realize that this guy’s playing out of his league. Luckily for him, his wife doesn’t seem to think that way. And isn’t he the luckiest SOB in the world for that?
Well, if this list has taught us anything it’s that looks are not everything. A good personality trumps all, right?