What a tough life. You know that saying about how some guys have all the luck? Well, not only are the 15 NHL players on this list insanely talented on skates, extraordinarily wealthy and lifetime stars who enjoy the limelight of their careers in the toughest hockey league in the world, they’ve also managed to land and lock down equally talented, equally wealthy and far more attractive celebrity brides who are famous in their own right. So you do the math.
Seriously, talk about power couples. Sometimes it doesn’t even seem fair when two people with such far-reaching social influence get together and take the world by storm. They fill up our Instagram feeds with cutesy little photos, walk the red carpet together at big events, take lavish vacations in exotic, far-flung locations and generally do all the things that two very wealthy people in love do.
Of course, how can you blame the
puck bunnies celebs for chasing after these guys? They’re (relatively) young, fit, good-looking athletes who rake in multi-million-dollar salaries and are on TV just as much – if not more – as every other Hollywood A-lister. That’s total-package husband material right there, folks.
Either way you cut it, the guys on this list hit the proverbial spousal jackpot. They won the lifelong affection of prominent women every other man only wishes he could have. And they’re even willing to sit in chilly NHL arenas in every corner of the country to watch their man play. Now, that’s true love.
Here are 15 of those NHL stars with famous wives.
15 Alexander Ovechkin: Married to Nastya Shubskaya
After dating for three years, Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin got engaged to his then-girlfriend, Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko, in December 2012. By July of 2014, the engagement was off, but Ovechkin wasn’t back on the market for long. He was engaged again, this time to Russian model and actress Nastya Shubskaya, in September the following year.
The two got married in a small wedding in Russia last summer, which sent both the Russian tabloids and the hockey community as a whole into a frenzy. And while Shubskaya is well-known for her modeling work, her parents are probably even more famous. Her mother, Vera Glagoleva is a film star who has appeared in 33 movies and has directed a handful of others, and her dad, Kirill Shubsky, is a prominent ship-builder, well known within the industry.
14 Sean Avery: Married to Hilary Rhoda
Apparently former NHL bad boy Sean Avery finally found a celebrity who could put up with him long enough to marry him, and her name is Hilary Rhoda, a dark-haired, knockout, 30-year-old supermodel from Maryland.
Perhaps best known for her work with Estee Lauder, Rhoda has made appearances in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issues from 2009 to 2011 and has also appeared in advertising for Abercrombie and Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Gap, Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret, among others. She’s also been featured prominently on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time and W.
Avery met the blue-eyed stunner at the opening party for a restaurant that he and some former teammates had invested in. At the time, she was dating NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez, but Avery was able to win her over, and the pair eventually married at the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island in October 2015.
13 Tomas Plekanec: Married to Lucie Vondrackova
You may not recognize her name on this side of the pond, but Lucie Vondrackova’s fawning fans in her native Czech Republic definitely do. Vondrackova is an uber-popular singer and actress over there and one of the most successful cultural icons in her country.
When she married star Canadiens forward and fellow Czech Republic compatriot Tomas Plekanec in June 2011, the couple dominated the Czech tabloids like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie used to in the U.S., so that sort-of gives you an idea of her social impact in their country.
Plekanec reportedly proposed to Vondrackova over a dinner in Montreal, and the couple was already expecting when she said yes. Nowadays, they live in Montreal with their two sons, Matyas and Adam.
12 Henrik Zetterberg: Married to Emma Andersson
Henrik Zetterberg met Swede Emma Andersson in 2007, and the couple basically became Swedish royalty when they wed in 2010 in what’s considered one of the largest and most expensive ceremonies in the country’s history.
Andersson first came onto the scene in 2001 when she appeared as a contestant on a Survivor-like show in Sweden called Expedition Robinson. A year after that, she started her singing career and released her first album, Who Am I, though it didn’t ever sell very well.
She appeared on an all-star version of "Expedition Robinson" in 2003 and won it, which helped her land later gigs as a TV show host, but she then ended up moving to the U.S. to be with Zetterberg, and the couple now lives in Detroit with their son, Love.
11 Brandon Prust: Engaged to Maripier Morin
French TV personality Maripier Morin caught the eye of former NHL winger Brandon Prust during his time in New York with the Rangers. They turned into a Quebec power couple later when Prust was traded to the Canadiens, allowing them to spend more time together, before he eventually asked her to marry him.
Making her television debut in 2006 on Canadian reality show Double Occupancy, Morin has appeared on several shows and has since built up quite the following in Quebec.
Most notably, she has been a mainstay on the W Network’s reality show Hockey Wives, where she bears all on her relationship with Prust and the challenges of maintaining a long-distance relationship as he follows his career around the world.
Prust and Morin got engaged in Italy in 2015, and nuptials are reportedly coming soon.
10 Bret Hedican: Married to Kristi Yamaguchi
Bret Hedican’s Team USA lost to Czechoslovakia in the bronze medal game of the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, but Hedican went home a winner anyways.
Those Games were the place not only where Hedican met his eventual wife, decorated U.S. figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, but also the place in which Yamaguchi became a household name in America.
Yamaguchi won Olympic gold in the women’s singles figure skating that year, capping off an amateur career in style before turning pro and joining Stars on Ice while also touring on the pro circuit.
Hedican and Yamaguchi eventually got married in 2000 while Hedican was playing for the Panthers. Nowadays, they live with their two daughters in northern California and oftentimes work together on charities and other public events.
9 Evgeni Malkin: Married to Anna Kasterova
Evgeni Malkin himself actually alluded to his laissez-faire approach to marriage in favor of kids, but he eventually legally wed the beautiful fellow Russian Anna Kasterova last year, just days before they welcomed their first child, Nikita.
Born in Moscow, Kasterova is a 32-year-old Russian television personality. She graduated from Moscow State pedagogical University with a degree in psychology and got her start in TV at 22. She has worked for a number of different channels, among them BBC News and other entertainment programs.
After dating for two years, the couple got engaged in November of 2015 and applied for a marriage license in Pennsylvania last May. No word yet on the actual ceremony for these two, but then again, they’re a fairly private couple.
8 Valeri Bure: Married to Candace Cameron
Former NHL All-Star and brother to “Russian Rocket” Pavel Bure, Valeri Bure married Full House actress Candace Cameron, who played DJ Tanner on the popular ‘90s TV show, in June of 1996 as a young 22-year-old following his rookie NHL season with the Montreal Canadiens. They were introduced at a charity hockey game by one of Cameron’s then-co-stars, Dave Coulier, who was playing in the event alongside Bure.
After her stint on Full House, Cameron starred in family comedy Make it or Break it and made appearances on other shows like Cybill, Boy Meets World, That’s So Raven, Dancing with the Stars, and Fuller House, among others.
Bure and Cameron now operate a Napa Valley winery called Bure Family Wines and have three children together.
7 Brooks Laich: Engaged to Julianne Hough
Smoking hot dancer, country music star and actress Julianne Hough is officially the arm-candy of former Washington Capital and current AHL Toronto Marlies forward Brooks Laich. Now that’s a good-looking couple.
Hough’s celebrity began to rise when she was became a pro dancer on Dancing with the Stars in the mid-2000s. She then rose to country music fame with her self-titled debut album in 2007, which featured the popular single “That Song in my Head” and has since won multiple awards for her music.
Her acting accolades include appearances in the films Burlesque, Footloose, Rock of Ages and Safe Haven, and she’s made several appearances in television roles as well.
Laich and Hough bean dating in 2014 after Hough broke it off with Ryan Seacrest, and they got engaged in August of the following year. They were supposed to get married last summer, but they postponed the ceremony, citing relationship issues. It sounds like things are back on track for this summer, though, so stay tuned.
6 Sheldon Souray: Married to Barbie Blank
Former NHLer and 2004 hardest-shot winner Sheldon Souray walked down the aisle with model and former WWE Diva Barbie Blank (or should we call her by her ring name, Kelly Kelly?) just last year in a “fairytale” wedding in Cabo. The location had meaning; it’s where they took their first trip together when they started dating.
Blank’s background was in gymnastics and cheerleading, and she studied broadcast journalism with hopes of becoming a TV anchor in her professional career. She ended up signing with WWE in 2006 and debuted in the ECW later that year as “Kelly Kelly,” performing as a salacious exhibitionist.
Along the way, she got into various feuds and won her first Divas championship in 2011. She has also appeared in music videos, TV shows and magazine spreads and currently stars on reality TV show WAGS.
Souray himself retired from hockey in 2013 before the pair got engaged the next year.
5 Wayne Gretzky: Married to Janet Jones
I don’t know if Wayne Gretzky was the first superstar athlete to marry a supermodel, but he definitely set the bar for guys like Tom Brady to follow later.
Gretzky and Janet Jones first met in 1983 when they were both 22 and engaged to other people. They met again four years later at an L.A. Lakers game when both were single again, started dating, and were engaged within six months.
Prior to that point, Jones had a resume with both modeling and acting jobs, appearing in several movies like Flamingo Kid, A Chorus Line, and Police Academy V. She also appeared in Playboy in 1987, so you can understand The Great One’s attraction.
They wed in Edmonton in July of 1988 in what was dubbed “Canada’s Royal Wedding,” and she shortly thereafter put her career on hold to raise their kids while Gretzky did his thing in the NHL.
4 Cale Hulse: Married to Gena Lee Nolin
I’m sure you remember former NHL defenseman Cale Hulse’s wife, Gena Lee Nolin. She was the busty blonde who starred as Neely Capshaw in the television series Baywatch alongside David Hasselhoff for a few years in the ‘90s.
After that, she used her assets to do some modeling, appearing in Maxim, Stuff, Playboy and FHM, as well as various other TV projects, including her own show, “Sheena,” between 2000 and 2002.
Previously married to Greg Fahlman, Nolin divorced him in 2001 and married Hulse in Phoenix three years later in 2004, during the lockout-cancelled 2004-05 NHL season. These days, they live in Phoenix, where Hulse works in the front office for the Arizona Coyotes, the team he played for in 2003-04, while Nolin continues acting part time, most recently in Sharknado 4.
3 Ryan Miller: Married to Noureen DeWulf
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller married Indian-American stunner Noureen DeWulf over Labor Day Weekend in 2011 while Miller was playing for the Buffalo Sabres, immediately and forever raising the bar for future hockey WAGs with her red-hot, exotic beauty.
You probably know DeWulf best for her acting role alongside Charlie Sheen on the FX comedy Anger Management, as well as her film projects West Bank Story, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Back-up Plan.
She was born in New York but grew up in Georgia before attending Boston University, and her other works include drool-inducing appearances in Maxim, Nylon Magazine and Playboy, as well as her recent role on reality show Hockey Wives on the W Network.
The couple now has one child together and lives in Vancouver during the season.
2 Dion Phaneuf: Married to Elisha Cuthbert
Is Dion Phaneuf the luckiest guy on this list, or what? He somehow managed to put a ring on blazingly hot actress Elisha Cuthbert, making basically every single male in North America, including the aforementioned Sean Avery, very jealous.
After Cuthbert and Avery broke up from their previous relationship, Phaneuf stepped into the picture in 2008, and they pair began dating amid controversy surrounding Avery’s nasty comments. Nonetheless, they trudged forward and got engaged four years later before marrying in July of 2013 on Prince Edward Island.
Cuthbert is a Canadian actress and model from Calgary and had her first hit role playing Kim Bauer on the TV series 24. She has also had roles in films Old School, The Girl Next Door, and House of Wax, as well as on TV as the quirky, cute Alex in Happy Endings, which aired on ABC.
Phaneuf, a three-time All-Star and former first-rounder, is currently in his second season with the playoff-bound Senators and will look to win his first Cup with his lovely, hockey-loving wife undoubtedly watching from the stands.
1 Mike Fisher: Married to Carrie Underwood
And finally, we have the ultimate NHL power couple. Carrie Underwood is a country-music superstar at the top of her industry, and Mike Fisher is the captain of the hometown Nashville Predators. Together they are perhaps the best-looking, most successful couple on this list.
Underwood got her start in music when she won the fourth season of reality singing talent show American Idol in 2005, and the rest is history. She’s not only a beautiful, popular and prominent star on the country-music scene, she’s also one of the most successful artists of any musical genre, period.
She’s sold more than 65 million records, won numerous awards and is commonly referred to as country music’s reigning queen. I could go on and on about Underwood, but you probably need to get on with your life, so here are the deets on their nuptials.
Fisher and Underwood met at one of her concerts in 2008, and they got engaged the following December. They got married at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia during the summer of 2010, and they have one son together.
Underwood is commonly sighted at Bridgestone arena when her hubby’s team plays at home, and she’s reportedly become quite the hockey fan.
Well, I’d sure hope so.